Brussels, Aug 15 (BAN/ AD): In an bid to support Sri Lanka’s efforts in building stability and Peace European Union has allocated €8.5 million. The fund is also aimed to help ongoing peacebuilding process through internally displaced persons and refugees being able to return to their land, the European Commission said in a release.
Earlier this month Vice-President Federica Mogherini had meeting with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, where she stressed the EU’s readiness to support Sri Lanka in the face of the challenges of terrorism and violent extremism.
During ASEAN Regional Forum in Bangkok, meeting was held between Tilak Marapana, the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and Mogherini . Easter Sunday attacks was also discussed during the meeting.
The EU statement read “The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka killed 258 people and injured many more. Preventing and responding to terrorist attacks like this is an additional challenge for Sri Lanka along with numerous other challenges in transitioning to durable peace after many years of conflict, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, and land identified as potentially contaminated with mines and explosive remnants.”
The €8.5 million Commission will support 3 main causes:
-It will support Sri Lankan policy makers, competent authorities and the security and judicial branches in their mission to prevent and respond to terrorist threats and attacks in a human rights compliant manner;
-it will focus on the prevention of violent extremism and will support relevant local stakeholders to develop and disseminate positive awareness raising campaigns, notably via partnerships with global social media actors;
– it will contribute to the last stages of mine clearance in the three northern districts of Sri Lanka, and focus on peacebuilding to reinforce national cohesion and reconciliation.