President's Speech made at the 'Ranaviru
Commemorative Parade -2015'
Today we celebrate one of the most historical and
significant days of the recent past. Today is the anniversary of the
day in which we ended the most ruthless and barbaric terrorism that
lasted 30 years, brought peace to the nation, protected the
territorial integrity and sovereignty, and our national heritage.
We all have bitter experience of the barbaric
nature of the LTTE war. The human qualities were subdued, barbarism
raised its head and the truth was suppressed. Peace was destroyed
and the bloodshed cost us thousands of lives. There will never be
anything humane in a war. In this situation, our valiant forces, the
Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defence Forces sacrificed
their lives and fought this war bravely in defence of Motherland.
The war that commenced in the 1980s became the
worst catastrophe of our nation for three long decades. All
developmental activities were at a standstill. People lost their
hopes. All of them, however, committed themselves together with the
members of the security forces to fight this war until victory, with
much sacrifice. All of them who made such sacrifices receive the
respect and honor of the nation. This honour should go to all the
members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defence
Forces and all leaders of the State since 1980s who gave leadership
with commitment to bring this conflict to an end. The great national
service rendered by the forces cannot be valued in money. Hence, all
the members of the forces receive the honour of the Government of
Sri Lanka and all the citizens of the country today.
We must pay our attention to the reason why this
war dragged on for 30 years. We must study the developments prior to
the 30 year old conflict and how the governments reacted then. In
that era the Tamils, Muslims and other communities lived in unity as
brothers. The leaders then fulfilled their responsibilities towards
In the 1930s and 1940s the freedom struggle was
fought with the cooperation of all the communities and all those who
follow different faiths and it succeeded in obtaining independence
in 1948. After winning the freedom when we attempted to forge peace,
harmony, coexistence and reconciliation, there were many
shortcomings in our methods. That has resulted in divisions between
the communities and its end result was that we all had to face a
With the ending of the war on May 18 and 19 of
2009, we witnessed a period of peace. We have to ask ourselves with
intelligence, experience, knowledge and wisdom whether we have
fulfilled the tasks we should have performed during the
I think we did not fulfill that responsibility.
Prominence was given to the development of physical resources, and
there was no importance given to the process of reconciliation among
Though the damaged buildings, destroyed roads and
other physical resources were being re-built there was no
reconciliation process during the post-war period to rebuild the
broken hearts and minds. Therefore, as the new government we clearly
state that our policy is that of development and reconciliation. We
cannot fulfill our expectations for reconciliation only through
development. The reconciliation process includes investigating the
truth, carrying out justice, eliminating the fear and mistrust and
building trust among every community and re-building physical
resources which were devastated by the armed conflict. Hence, with
the experience of the war, we must understand the requirement of
priority for the reconciliation process.
The conflict started with an issue on water supply
for cultivations. From that beginning, culminated with the final
battle regarding disruption of the water supply of Mavil - Aru. The
war that started over the water of Mavil - Aru ended on the water of
When considering all aspects, we understand that
we have to fulfill our responsibilities by the people of Sri Lanka
both today as well as tomorrow. The Government, within its policy,
will be committed to carry out the reconciliation process similar to
the way that the tri-forces, police and civil security force carried
out their commitment in the war.
Especially, we should perform our responsibilities
efficiently and properly by eliminating fear and mistrust among
people, building mutual understanding among everybody and
determining our own responsibilities and tasks. To overcome our
challenges in the country today and tomorrow, we shall implement our
slogan development and reconciliation. The honor of the entire
nation will be offered to you. To make that honor the strength of
the nation, as the new government, we clearly state that in all
future actions we will take steps to future wellbeing of our
motherland, strengthening national security.
In instructions given to security chiefs of
Security Council meetings action is being taken to work out a new
national security system and plan. We fully undertake
responsibilities of preventing another war in this country.
We will never let brutal terrorism raise its head
in this country again. We will strengthen the process of development
and reconciliation and have the foremost trust and respect in the
security sector led by the tri-forces.
With regard to national security, we must clearly
state that we will take every step to strengthen the armed service
and to create a suitable environment for the services by providing
ample physical and human resources for their needs.
Sometimes, when we consider the different views
and opinions of our political opponents with regard to the present
government we can see the existence of some with extremist
positions. Extremist groups which attempt to create disharmony among
the communities exists in our country, as well as in other
countries. In keeping with State Policy, we will take steps to
strengthen the National Security and the Tri Forces by providing all
the necessary resources to fulfill your duties and responsibilities,
while, refuting and rejecting false propaganda of extremist groups.
I believe that in the future, you will fulfill
your duties in mopst satisfactory manner considering this War Heroes
Remembrance Day as the day which brought peace to our land and
giving priority to reconciliation among communities as the
responsibility of a soldier.
I must mention here that we will provide all the
benefits and social welfare facilities in the development drive of
our country to our beloved people, who acted with great commitment
in the 30 year long war.
Today, we all consider this great day as a day
which saw the dawn peace in our land. A day that we all respect as
well as a day which opens a new chapter in our country's development
and reconciliation. As I mentioned before, all must unite for
development and reconciliation in the country. We must all carry out
our responsibilities together to defend the unitary status and
territorial integrity on behalf of our nation and country.
All of you have placed your confidence in our
government. Therefore from today, we must work with determination to
turn a new page of Peace to make this truly a land of peace.
May you all be blessed by the Noble Triple Gem.