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Responses to questions from IRIN, the news agency funded by the UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance.

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1)     What are the main challenges to reconciliation at the moment?

I think the biggest challenge is the idea that reconciliation is all about the past, about war crimes and possible punishment for these. Sadly, some of those who have been harping about these with no regard for truth now claim that reconciliation is impossible without reckonings. Thus a word that ordinarily refers to a process of bringing people together has been traduced, which I think takes attention away from all the positive actions that are happening, but should happen more intensively.

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Rajiva Wijesinha

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