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Welcome to Centre for Peace Studies

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Centre for Peace Studies has been at the forefront of developing new ideas about Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Peace keeping, Human Security and Peacebuilding. It has developed an international reputation for the practical application of these ideas in war zones and communities driven by conflicts, most notably in and outside Sri Lanka. This has involved working with warring parties, Government agencies, NGOs, regional and international organizations, together with the civilian communities caught up in 3 decade old civil war and conflicts.

CPS was established in the year 2004 in Kalmunai, by Prof Dr S.L.Riyas to promote reconciliation and social harmony among communities living in Sri Lanka. Now, it has reached 25 districts in Sri lanka and around 17 countries like Australia, India, UK, USA, Turkey, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Liberia, UAE, Malaysia, Republic of Benin and Romania. Now, the CPS is promoting reconciliation in the country and promoting volunteerism as a tool for reconciliation worldwide.

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  1. Kanapathipillai Wignarajah

    Dear Professor Riyas,
    It is with great interest that I was reading about the activities of the Srilanka Center for Peace Studies. I am a Srilankan myself and I am from Batticaloa. In fact, my father worked at Amparai and we lived in Kallady Uppoadai. Unfortunately, I left Srilanka in 1971 for my PhD in UK and never returned due to the conflict in Srilanka – so it is very heartening to see the strong efforts being made to reconcile and bring peace to a beautiful island. I worked in a number of countries abroad and I now live in Florida, USA. Had I known about the conference in BMICH, I would have loved to have participated in it. I hope it was a great success especially after the tragedy of the Easter period. I am not too strong physically at 75 years and I do come to Srilanka and the Eastern Province quite frequently. I recently retired after 25 years work as a Scientist at NASA in California. I had once spoken to Professor Mohamed Ismail (retired Vice Chancellor, South Eastern University). I may try to come next year (2020). Do you have plans to hold a conference next year? Anyway, please keep me posted. I would like to make a presentation on sustainable development for the Eastern Province and would like to bring about technological development for the progress of the country.
    I do sincerely hope that we can meet sometimes soon.
    Sincerely
    Kanapathipillai Wignarajah

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