The British Prime Minister David Cameron in a message to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, reiterates his country's support to Sri Lanka in addressing past issues and requested the Sri Lanka Government to extend its full support to the UN on its on-going investigation.
"I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone in Britain, Sri Lanka and around the world celebrating Aluth Avuruddha and to all Tamil communities celebrating Puthandu today. It's a time when millions of people would come together with families, friends and neighbours to celebrate their New Year”, the PM said.
"But it is also a time to remember the fantastic contributions Tamils and the Sinhalese communities extend to Britain. We see it around us every single day - in our schools and in our hospitals, in the arts and businesses - you play an incredibly important and positive role”.
"I'm sure many people celebrating New Year today will be thinking of their loved ones overseas, especially in Sri Lanka. When I met with President Sirisena in Downing Street last month, I offered my support for the steps his government has begun to initiate in addressing the issues of the past. But I was also clear that the Government must go further and that they must continue to offer their full support to the ongoing UN investigation," he said.
"I hope that this New Year will bring the communities close together in helping to heal the wounds of the past”.
"To everyone celebrating Puthandu and Aluth Avuruddha, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year."