President Rajapaksa has said that Sri Lanka had created history by defeating terrorism. He said the world can best assist his country by recognizing this and supporting their moves for reconciliation and strengthening of peace.
The President made these references in an interview with “The Times of London” published yesterday.
The President pointed out that rebuilding a nation after pro-longed conflict requires great commitment and an enormous amount of capital flow, adding that they had the commitment. The President emphasized that the most important was to rebuild trust among all Sri Lankan communities. This will involve the normalization of the resettlement of the remaining displaced persons in the North in the next few months, the reconstruction of infrastructure, the provision of housing, roads, railways, bridges, schools and hospitals. He stated that it would also involve the provision of basic services for education, healthcare, transport, and livelihood support for the resettled people including new livelihood opportunities.
The President claimed that Eastern and Northern Revival programmes are underway with hitherto unprecedented opportunities for development and investment in large-scale infrastructure such as ports, telecommunications and agribusiness, to mention a few.
This interview was published along with a twelve page supplement on Sri Lanka’s socio-economic background and opportunities for trade and investment.