Statesmen's Forum: Hon. Professor G.L. Peiris, Foreign Minister, Government of Sri Lanka
Exactly one year ago the Sri Lankan Military defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ending 25 years of devastating civil war and marking a new era in Sri Lanka's history. This return of peace, bolstered by the landslide victory of President Mahinda Rajpaksa, whose party now has a firm grip on the parliament, has sent waves of optimism and hopes of lasting stability across the nation. However, the country still faces significant challenges: rebuilding the war-torn economy, achieving the elusive goal of ethnic reconciliation and regaining the confidence of the international community. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Professor G.L. Peiris, will discuss how the current administration plans to meet these challenges.