Let’s unite to build one Sri Lanka – President

KANDY - President Mahinda Rajapaksa who addressed several thousands of UNP supporters from Wayamba Province (NWP) at the Kandy President’s House on Thursday, reiterated the need for unity among communities.

Over five thousand men and women from all constituencies of the North Western Province with their local leadership were present to pledge support to the UPFA at the Provincial Council elections February 14.

President Rajapaksa urged the gathering inclusive of a large section of Muslims to discard differences be they communal or political.

The President said that the Sinhala and Muslims were chased out from their homes in the North forcing them to evacuate with their children without food and water carrying whatever they could find at that moment the Muslims could never forget this tragedy.

Accordingly, the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities should share the development of the country. The communities should merge into one single nation to achieve development, he said.

He said, "we have launched many development projects. Some of them are agriculture based while others are irrigation and power. The fruits of there developments projects could be enjoyed by the people of the North Western Province.

There is another reason for the people of the NWP to rejoice the victory of the heroic security forces in the North and East. A major section of the security forces at the operation areas comes from the district of Kurunegala.

The Muslims who were forced out from the Jaffna sector by the LTTE, are those in the camps of Puttalam. At least 40,000 Muslims were chased out from Muttur. The Muslim religious leaders wanted those who lost their homes be resettled before Ramazan. The government accordingly resettled them.

The demand by the Muslim leaders for a better education for the Muslim children is a reasonable demand. The children must have excess to better and higher education. The community could develop only if the children of the future generation could have a sound education.

The President told the meeting that his government had not confined development to the Western Province only. "Development is now taken to other parts of the country," he said.

The Muslim leaders who remained with our governments were able to serve their community, Ministers like Badi-ud-Din Mahmud, could serve Muslim community because he was with us, the President said.

President Rajapaksa told the meeting that the heroic security forces were successfully regaining every stronghold of the LTTE and the entire victory over the LTTE was at hand.

Professor G. L. Peiris said that the security forces under the blessings of President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been capable of crushing terrorism as a result of which foreign investors were showing a interest in investment projects in Sri Lanka.

The country will regain its economic standard once again in near future, Prof. Peiris added.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had gone into history as a head of a state who could defeat LTTE terrorism.

Even the reputed media publication ‘Wall Street Journal" had recognised the knack of President Rajapaksa, he added.

Governor NWP, Tissa R. Balalla and former Deputy Minister H. B. Abeyratne also addressed the meeting.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, T. B. Ekanayake, S. B. Nawinna and Chief Minister Bertie Premalal Dissanayake among those present.

Candidate at the NWP Provincial Council Election (UPFA) Abdul Sattar spoke for the UNP Supporters who pledged support to the UPFA.

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