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South Africa offers assistance for Sri Lanka’s ‘peace efforts’

The South African government has offered support and advice to Sri Lanka in its attempts to bring a political solution to the island.

The External Affairs Ministry said a delegation visiting Colombo offered assistance to External Affairs Minister GL Peiris on Friday.

Deputy Minister of International Relations Ebrahim Ebrahim and former Minister of Constitutional Affairs Roelf Meyer were part of the delegation.

Peiris provided the South African delegation with an update on the developments in Sri Lanka, including resettlement of IDPs and rehabilitation of former combatants.

He also gave the delegation information about the planned implementation of some recommendations of the LLRC.

Peiris is said to have stressed the importance of finding a home-grown solution if implementation is to be achieved, said the External Affairs Ministry.

The ministry added that the visiting delegation offered all assistance to Sri Lanka.

See below for more about Sri Lanka’s ‘peace efforts’:

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‘Resettlement and development’ and 'appalling conditions' (06 Aug 2012)

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