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Experts Gather to Review Progress of Jaffna Fort Conservation Project
[Updated :: 2011-05-27 09:00:15 Hours]

A special meeting presided by Secretary to the Ministry of National Heritage Mrs. Kanthi Wijethunge was held on Thursday (26.05.2011) at the Jaffna Library Conference Hall to review the progress of renovation of the historical Jaffna Fort.

Senior officials of the Netherlands Embassy, Archaeological Department, Urban Development Authority, Jaffna Municipality, Archaeology experts, students at the Universities of Moratuwa and Jaffna and Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) actively participated in exchanging views on the project.

Opening the symposium, Mrs. Kanthi Wijethunge thanked the Security Forces for ushering peace to the island paving way to reconstruct and conserve Jaffna heritage for future generations.

Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, during his address expressed his delight about the unity of students from the University of Jaffna and University of Moratuwa who tirelessly contribute to prepare a concept paper in preserving this heritage site in Jaffna. Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe thanked the government of Sri Lanka for initiating the project of Jaffna Fort Conservation and the Netherlands for funding the project. He also pledged all the assistance that could be extended by the Army to the project.

Prof. P. Pushparaja of the Jaffna University, Prof. S. Manawadu of the University of Moratuwa, Senior Archaeologist and Director Jaffna Fort Conservation Mr. P.B. Mandawala, Head of Division and Senior Expert Cultural Heritage Mrs. ir Antoinette Le Coultre and Senior Expert Urban Heritage Mr. ir Okko Klooster of Netherlands also addressed the gathering.

Students and officials who attended the Workshop on the Revitalization of Jaffna Historic Core that preceded the Thursday’s progress review meeting were awarded with certificates by Mrs. Kanthi Wijethunge, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe and a few other officials.

Regional Archaeological Officer Jaffna Ven. Patberiye Gnanaloka Thero was also present.

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