Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for “a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the survivors” in a message issued to mark 9 years since the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka.
“The war – which lasted over 26 years – resulted in immeasurable injuries, loss of life, and displacement,” said Mr Trudeau. “The wounds of this war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss, including family members and loved ones who have disappeared.”
“Over the past nine years, I have met many Tamil-Canadians personally affected by the war. Their stories are a solemn reminder of the need to attain lasting peace and true reconciliation.”
“I reiterate my call to the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the survivors. Canada offers its full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met.
The prime minister also paid tribute to the Tamil Canadian community, stating that he invites “all Canadians to take time to recognize the important contributions that Tamil-Canadians make to our country and the adversity they have overcome”.
See the full statement here.