President Rajapaksa has said that LTTE terrorism which was a scourge to the entire world has been eliminated. He emphasized to world leaders that he is ready to develop the motherland through home grown solutions. The President was addressing the UN General Assembly Summit last night.
The President delivered the address on the inaugural day of the 65th General Assembly Summit, thus becoming the first Sri Lankan Head of State to do so. The President delivered the speech in the first half of the sessions along with some world leaders including US President Barack Obama.
The President said the LTTE was an outfit so brutal, that even those it claimed to represent, the Tamil community of Sri Lanka, were as much victims of its terror as the rest of the population of our country. Those who observing from afar, suggested that the Sri Lankan government should have conceded to the demands of the terrorists, need to be reminded that terror is terror, whatever mask it wears and however it is packaged. To all those he said his responsibility was to the entire nation. His responsibility was to the lives of millions of men, women and children, and those yet to be born. His responsibility was to the peace and prosperity of the nation and the right to a peaceful life for all who live there.
The Government has built an environment for the people of all areas including the North and the East to live in peace and harmony. Emergency Regulations are being withdrawn step by step. The President said that the country was moving towards development surmounting challenges through home grown solutions.
The President opined that they believed that for the rebuilding and healing of the nation to succeed, the process must evolve from within. If history has taught them one thing, it is that imposed external solutions breed resentment and ultimately fail. Theirs, by contrast, is a home grown process, which reflects the culture and traditions of our people.
He said his election manifesto articulates his vision of having sound infrastructure at the national, provincial and rural levels, which is vital for the inclusive growth that will make development meaningful to the entirety of society.
In this globally inter-dependent world, everyone must work together where they can and constructively counsel each other where appropriate. He said the United Nations forms the bed-rock of this interaction and in this role it will always receive the support of Sri Lanka.
The President, as the proud Head of State who totally eliminated terrorism, received accolades from the world leaders. He also earned praise after delivering his address.