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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil dancers from northern province perform during Independence Day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Sri Lanka has failed to heal its deep ethnic divide since the end of the nation's civil war five years ago, the president acknowledged Wednesday in a major speech calling for national reconciliation.

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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil dancers from the northern province perform during Independence Day celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday

A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by hi...A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by his mahout, browse through a roadside fruit stall in Colombo on January 19, 2015. The Sri Lankan elephant is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the population has declined by at least 50 percent over the last three generations, with the species threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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A Sri Lankan elephant, accompanied by his mahout, browse through a roadside fruit stall in Colombo. The Sri Lankan elephant is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the population has declined by at least 50 percent over the last three generations, with the species threatened by habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation. 

A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at t...A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo on October 27, 2014. The International Monetary Fund said July 2014 that Sri Lanka was one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, but the island was also vulnerable to sudden external shocks because of high levels of foreign commercial borrowings. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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A Sri Lankan street vendor looks on at the Galle Face Beach in Colombo.The International Monetary Fund said in July 2014 that Sri Lanka was one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, but the island was also vulnerable to sudden external shocks because of high levels of foreign commercial borrowings. 

Sri Lankan navy personnel stand to atten...Sri Lankan navy personnel stand to attention in Colombo July 9, 2014 during a ceremony commissioning two Australian-gifted naval patrol boats that will be deployed for preventing people smuggling operations. Morrison arrived in Colombo early on July 9 as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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Sri Lankan navy personnel stand to attention in Colombo during a ceremony commissioning two Australian-gifted naval patrol boats that will be deployed for preventing people smuggling operations

Sri Lankan policemen stand next to their...Sri Lankan policemen stand next to their new motorcycles at a ceremony in Colombo on July 1, 2014 marking the official distribution of 279 high-powered units to traffic constables across the country.  The 600cc Yamaha bikes were deployed to bolster traffic police in a country where over 2,500 people are killed annually in road accidents, making Sri Lankan roads among the worlds deadliest.

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Sri Lankan policemen stand next to their new motorcycles at a ceremony in Colombo, marking the official distribution of 279 high-powered units to traffic constables across the country

Sri Lankan children playing with soap bubbles are silhouetted against the setting Sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

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Children playing with bubbles are silhouetted against the setting sun in Colombo, Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan Muslim woman looks out on the street, in Aluthgama, town, 50 kilometers (31.25 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 16, 2014. At least three Muslims were killed after a right-wing Buddhist group with alleged state backing clashed with Muslims in southwestern Sri Lanka, a government minister said Monday. Dozens of shops were burned, homes looted and some mosques attacked in the violence Sunday night in the town of Aluthgama, local residents said.

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A Muslim woman looks out on the street in Aluthgama town, 50 km south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. At least three Muslims were killed in clashes with a rightwing Buddhist group which allegedly had state backing in southwestern Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Gamini Dissanayake, 36, an army soldier and member of Sri Lanka's wheelchair tennis national team serves during a practice session in Colombo May 6, 2014. The Sri Lankan national wheelchair team is made up of active armed forces members who lost their limbs during active duty.

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Gamini Dissanayake, 36, an army soldier and member of Sri Lanka’s national wheelchair tennis team, trains in Colombo. The team is made up of active members of the armed forces who lost limbs on duty.

Sri Lankan prisoners perform their maiden traditional Kandyan dance at the main jail in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The program is part of leisure and recreational programs for prisoners aimed at rehabilitating them. Sri Lankaís prison facilities run various industries and offers opportunities for arts, education and religious activities for the prisoners. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Sri Lankan prisoners perform the maiden traditional Kandyan dance at the main jail in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The programme is part of leisure and recreational activities aimed at rehabilitating prisoners. Sri Lanka’s prison facilities run various industries and offers opportunities for arts, education and religious activities for the prisoners. 

A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree, on a hot day, at a Hindu temple in Colombo...A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree, on a hot day, at a Hindu temple in Colombo March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANIMALS)

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A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree on a hot day at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka

People hang onto a crowded local passenger train as they travel to Colombo.

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People hang on to a crowded local passenger train as they travel to Colombo

Traditional dancers wait for guests during the Kramaski factory's 20th anniversary celebrations in Katunayake...Traditional dancers wait for guests during the Kramaski factory's 20th anniversary celebrations in Katunayake, about 31 km (19 miles) north of Colombo September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

Traditional dancers wait for guests during the Kramaski factory’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Katunayake, about 31 km north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday. 

An internally displaced Tamil girl looks out from her home at Konappulam Internally Displaced Persons camp in Jaffna, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Colombo August 26, 2013. Sri Lanka battled separatist guerrillas from the minority Tamil community from 1983 until finally defeating them in 2009. The country has come under international pressure to bring to book those accused of war crimes and boost efforts to reconcile a polarised country.

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A Tamil girl looks out from her home at a camp for internally displaced people in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, about 400km north of the capital Colombo

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A truck carries a Sri Lankan Hindu devotee hanging from iron hooks pierced into his back for a ritual during a Hindu temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Friday.

Tug boats put on a water display during the launch of the Chinese-built Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) in the harbour of Colombo on August 5, 2013.  Sri Lanka launched its biggest port with Chinese funding to turn Colombo into a strategic shipping hub along the world's most lucrative trading route.

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Tug boats put on a water display during the launch of the Chinese-built Colombo International Container Terminal in the harbour of Colombo on Monday. Sri Lanka launched its biggest port with Chinese funding to turn Colombo into a strategic shipping hub along the world’s most lucrative trading route.

Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu devotees dance du...Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu devotees dance during the Vel Hinduism festival in Colombo on August 1, 2013. Ethnic Tamils, who are mainly followers of Hinduism, are the main minority community in the island which is emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic conflict which had claimed up to 100,000 lives. AFP PHOTO/Ishara S.KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu devotees dance during the Vel Hinduism festival in Colombo on Thursday. Ethnic Tamils, who are mainly followers of Hinduism, are the main minority community on the island that is emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic conflict that has claimed up to 100,000 lives 

Sri Lankan schoolchildren play rugby on a beach during sunset in Colombo on July 3, 2013. Sri Lanka's youth population aged 10 to 19 make up some 15 percent of its 20 million people.

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Sri Lankan schoolchildren play rugby on a beach at sunset in Colombo on Wednesday. Sri Lanka‘s youngsters aged between 10 and 19 make up some 15 per cent of the country’s 20m population

A man sleeps next to a closed stall at Galle Face green in Colombo...A man sleeps next to a closed stall at Galle Face green in Colombo June 28, 2013. Lack of supply of fish and sea food due to bad weather contributed to the rise in inflation, the government data showed. Core annual inflation, which excludes fresh food, energy, transport, rice and coconuts, eased to a record low of 4.3 percent in June from 5.7 percent a month ago, according to the new consumer price index, introduced in mid-2011. REUTERDinuka LiyanawatteS/ (SRI LANKA - Tags: BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A man sleeps next to a closed stall at Galle Face green in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday.

A Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil man rides his children to a school in a morning in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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A father rides his children to school in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

TOPSHOTS Sri Lankan Muslim school girls stand on the edge of a sea port in Colombo on May 20, 2013, after travelling from their town of Kalmunai, over 370 kilometres (231 miles)  east of the capital Colombo. Work on a USD 500-million new container terminal is nearing completion at Colombo which is a key transhipment hub for Indian cargo.

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Sri Lankan Muslim school girls stand on the edge of a sea port in Colombo on Monday after travelling from their town of Kalmunai, over 370km east of the capital Colombo.