A statement on Peace will be made at the 67th Independence Day celebration to be held on February 4. According to the government, the Cabinet approved a joint proposal made by the Acting Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera and the Minister of Home Affairs and Fisheries Joseph Michael Perera to make a statement on Peace at this year’s Independence Day celebrations.
The government stated the special statement would be made taking into consideration the recommendations that have been made in chapters 9.284 and 9.285 of the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The statement would express sympathy and cooperation with all those who were subjected to the war situation that prevailed in the country for a long period and to pledge that it will be dedicated in unity to prevent recurrence of such situations in the country in the future, it was further said.
In addition, a cultural pageant will also be held on the evening of February 4 in conjunction with the 67th Independence Day Celebrations inclusive of various cultural items under the theme of “National Unity”. The pageant will be held with the participation of Artistes representing all ethnic communities.
The cultural pageant, organized by the Mayor of Colombo, would be held in front of the Colombo Municipal Council. It is scheduled to begin at 7.00pm.