Government launching massive nation-building drive
IT gives me great pleasure to welcome you on behalf
of the Government and people of Sri Lanka to the Sri Lanka Development
Forum 2005. This is the first time after many long years that the
Development Forum is being held in Sri Lanka. This forum has many
predecessors. We met many times in Paris and in June 2003 we met at a
special session in Tokyo.
Symbiotic link between peace and development - Dr. Jayantha
IN his presentation to the Sri Lanka Development
Forum on May 17 Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala said, "there is a complex
symbiotic link between peace and development". The Secretary General of
Sri Lanka's Peace Secretariat said, "the peace process in Sri Lanka has
been a broad continuum, it has moved from chapter to chapter and there
were lessons to be learnt from each chapter". He said "the peace process
and peace negotiations are not one and the same. Negotiation is only one
component of the peace process."