Indian spiritual leader to visit Sri Lanka on peace mission

April 19th, 2009 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, April 19 (IANS) Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be in Sri Lanka for three days from Monday on a peace mission.
During his April 20-22 visit, Sri Sri, as he is known among followers, will meet several dignitaries, diplomats, leaders of civil society including Sinhalese Buddhist monks and Tamils in Colombo, the Art of Living Foundation said in a release here Sunday.

He will also visit the Welfare Centres in Vavuniya set up by the government to house the internally displaced people fleeing the war zone over the last few months. His visit is expected to give a fresh impetus to the Art of Living’s relief work in the island nation.

Sri Sri will also be received by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, the release said.

Sri Sri and his emissaries have been playing a non-partisan role in Sri Lanka to facilitate a meaningful dialogue between the stake-holders to the conflict between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), fighting for a homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, and the armed forces.

The initiative’s key objective is to facilitate a peaceful solution and to enhance the Art of Living Foundation’s aid, assistance, capacity building and trauma relief.

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