Fazim Raufdeen was not even born when the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam started, but the 23-year-old Muslim was outside his office, in shirt and tie, brandishing a large national flag above his head.
"This has come from inside, from our hearts," he said. "As a Sri Lankan, we never thought we would win this war, no one thought this war would one day be finished. But today, as a Muslim and as a Sri Lankan, I am really proud to say that we are now one nation together."
Raufdeen had good reason to celebrate: last year, he said, eight of his former schoolmates from DS Senanayake college were killed by an LTTE bomb at the Fort railway station. He went to the hospital to see the bodies.
"This was a good war," he said. "This is the first country that totally took on the terrorists. It is an example to the world."