Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka speaks at International Relations Institute in Paris on Post-War challenges for Sri Lanka
Posted on November 2nd, 2012

Embassy of Sri Lankain France

On Thursday, October 25th, 2012, Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka spoke on the theme of “Post-War Reconciliation and External Relations: the Challenges for Sri Lanka“, at a conference organized by the ILERI, an institute for International Relations based in Paris, founded in 1948 and presided for over 20 years by its founder RenƒÆ’†’© CASSIN, French Nobel Peace Prize winner, followed in 1976 by former French Minister and essayist Edgar FAURE and by former French Prime Minister, Raymond BARRE.

The first part of the conference consisted of introductory remarks by Ambassador Jayatilleka on the complexity of Sri Lanka’s post-war situation. “If there is one lesson that I have learnt from been a participant, an observer, a student, an activist, a teacher, an analyst and commentator on Sri Lanka, it is to understand the value of complexity. It is necessary sometimes to complexify, so to speak, but not to obscure the reality [“¦] because if you do grasp complexity, then you can understand problems of theory in politics, in international affairs; probably even problems of philosophy” he said.

The introductory remarks were followed by an interaction between Dr. Jayatilleka and Prof. Jacques de Goldfiem, former Defence AttachƒÆ’†’© at the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and lecturer specialized in Asia at the ILERI, on matters pertaining to Sri Lanka’s current situation.

A question and answer session also took place during which Ambassador Jayatilleka answered many questions from both students and lecturers on Sri Lanka’s Constitution, its political system and its economic growth; issues of human rights, accountability and political reconciliation, and Sri Lanka’s relationship with India, China and Pakistan. He also responded to questions from the students on his role and duties as Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

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