Statement issued by the ambassador on the occasion of the first year remembrance of the victims of Easter Sunday attacks
Exactly one year ago, I, through these few lines, conveyed to all our Sri Lankan friends and first of all to those struck in the heart, within their family or among their close relatives, the deepest solidarity of the French people on learning about the brutal attacks on Easter Sunday.
One year after this tragedy, to all the families affected by these horrific events, as well as to those who were witness to these and remain marked by the horror of these moments, I would like to say that we will always be by their side because we, too, like many other countries, have been attacked and wounded deep within by soulless terrorists devoid of any belief.
From this still recent experience – less than five years ago during the attacks in Paris – we learnt. We learnt that the message is certainly firmness, justice and rule of law, but also that in the darkest moments of the history of a country and a people, there is the certainty that the tomorrows will be more beautiful and that we always overcome grief, anger and despair.
This is still our message for you, Sri Lankan friends. Our compassion and our sympathy go out to you, and like us, your history is long, full of battles and suffering, but of course, it will again be instilled with moments of happiness. that’s our wish ! And this message is even more accurate on this strange period of curfew and confinement needed to fight against Covid – 19.
To those who have fallen, to those in whose memory of this terrible Easter Sunday is still terribly etched, I wish to convey these words of friendship, solidarity and hope, which I dedicate as well, of course, to all the foreigners affected by these appalling attacks, and their families who share the suffering of an entire nation.