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Sri Lanka: Priorities of Reconciliation
28 October 2010,1430-1600 hrs

Prof. Rajiva Wijensinha,
MP on the National List of the United People's Freedom Alliance, Sri Lanka


Rajiva Wijesinha is an academic in a range of fields from political analysis to  creative and critical literary work. He was Senior Professor of Languages at the University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka when in June 2007 President Mahinda Rajapakse appointed him Secretary-General of the Sri Lankan Government Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP). In June 2008 he became concurrently the Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights.
After the April 2010 General Election he was appointed a Member of Parliament on the National List of the United People's Freedom Alliance. He belongs to the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka, and has served as its President and Leader, and also as a Vice-President of Liberal International. He is currently Chair of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats.

He was instrumental in promoting English Language writing in Sri Lanka, and initiated the English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka. Recent publications include 'Declining Sri Lanka' (CUP, Delhi) and 'Bridging Connections' (NBT, Delhi) and 'The Best of British Bluff' (Colombo).

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