Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered the thousands of Tamil pepople who lost their lives and the countless others who were displaced during the Black July pogrom of 1983.
"Black July was a week of violent riots and horrific destruction that followed decades of unrest and rising tensions in the country. It led to a conflict that lasted 26 years, killing tens of thousands more people and leaving lasting wounds in communities across Sri Lanka," said Justin Trudeau.
"I extend my deepest sympathies to all those who suffered and lost family, frends, and neighbours during Black July and the conflict that followed. Canada continues to offer its full support to those working toward meaningful justice, accountability, peace and reconciliation in the country," the statement added.
See the full text of the statement here.