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UK and Switzerland reiterate support for ‘truth and justice’ but do not mention Tamils

As Tamils around the world marked Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day, the British High Commission and Swiss Ambassador in Colombo released statements reiterating support for “truth and justice”.

“15 years on, we remember those who died and disappeared during the conflict in Sri Lanka, including families still searching for their loved ones, tweeted the British High Commission in Colombo. “Reconciliation is possible only when meaningful progress is made on truth and justice, and the right to remember is respected.”

Swiss Ambassador Siri Walt said, “we remember all victims and stand in solidarity with those still seeking truth and justice”.

“Switzerland remains committed to support Sri Lanka to deal with this violent past, prevent recurrence and work towards sustainable peace and reconciliation.”

Neither statement mentioned the word Tamil.

As many as 169,679 Tamils were killed by a Sri Lankan military offensive 15 years ago. May 18th is commemorated as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day in the North-East and around the world.

 

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