I will fulfil the responsibilities of building a peaceful country
after eradicating terrorism from the Motherland - President
[May 11 2019]
President Maithripala Sirisena said that he was not
affected by terrorism and that he would fulfill the responsibility of
building a peaceful country after eradicating terrorism.
The President said that the law will be enforced
against anyone who is responsible for the incident on April 21.
He said this, addressing in the final progress review
meeting of the Ampara district Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu (Let?s Stand
Together for the Country) programme. That meeting held under the
patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Uhana Maha Vidyalaya
Ground in Ampara, today (11th) morning.
During this meeting, President Sirisena said that the
responsibility of all the citizens who love the country should be to
fulfil their respective responsibilities towards creating a peaceful
environment where all the citizens of the country could live freely,
while understanding the actual situation and the issues, but not to
raise their voices in order to get narrow political gains.
He pointed out that certain statements made by a few
persons to achieve petty political gain have become a hindrance to the
process of building national reconciliation while freeing the country
from the challenge of terrorism.
Addressing the Ekata Sitimu public meeting at Uhana
School Grounds in Ampara, President said he would continue the
operations to eradicate terrorism and he was not a person to resign and
allow the terrorists to win. He called on the public and private sector
workers to attend work and children to attend schools and bring normalcy
as that is the way to defeat the aims of terrorists.
The President emphasized that the incident on April
21st is not a problem in Sri Lanka, but a global terrorism connected
with it. He added that the security forces are conducting operations
towards the successful conclusion to eradicate terrorism.
Addressing the pubic officers in the East, the
President said that the country?s national security activities are now
being implemented with a new outline and plan, with a clear reform
program implemented by the Security Forces. He further said that the
programme ensured the right of all citizens to live in a free society
without fear or suspicion. He said that when the security forces
successfully defeated terrorism, the public officials should take
measures to end the fear of the people and to restore trust and
understanding among the people.
In accordance with the instructions and guidance of
President Sirisena, the Presidential Secretariat commenced the Programme
of Rata wenuwen Ekata Sitimu (Let?s stand together for the country) with
the aim of monitoring the implementation of national development
projects such as Grama Shakthi National Programe, National Drug
Prevention Programme, Protect Children National Programme, National
Chronic Kidney Prevention Programme, National Food Production Programme
and Environment Protection Programme and special development projects
and various programmes implemented by the different Ministries ensure
that they are implemented efficiently and productively for the benefit
of the public.
This program will also help to identify the public
issues already identified by the government institutions and work to
solve these issues with maximum efficiency through the state mechanism.
The priests of the province, including the Maha Sangha,
Former Prime Minister Mr. D. M. Jayarathne, Minister Mr. Daya Gamage,
Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.H. Hezbollah, North Central Province
Governor Mr. Sarath Ekanayake, Member of Parliament Ms. Shriyani
Wijevickrama, Former Minister Mr. P. Dayarathne and Ministers, Secretary
to the President Mr. Udaya R. Senevirathne and Government Officials were
also resent on this occasion.
The President paid a visit to the historic Dalada
Maligawa in Kandy this morning and received blessings from the monks.