President Rajapaksa in his New Year message has expressed hope that the people will gain further strength to bring further victory to the nation.
He said that we look towards the future at the dawn of this New Year with renewed determination, firm commitment and many positive expectations. It is a great achievement that freedom and peace is now established in our motherland to enable such aspirations. He said that national unity is key to both uniting and developing the Motherland. Thus, the time has come to rise above all differences. Only then could all conspiracies to deny coexistence, and those against the people and the nation, be defeated.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne in his New Year message said that all Sri Lankans should join hands to achieve goals. He said that we should firmly resolve to entrench the strength, the unity and the dignity of the Motherland.
He said that the year 2011 which marks the 2600th Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi would be very special both to Sri Lankans as well as to the entire Buddhist community of the world and thus it is important for us to keep in mind to fine-tune ourselves to a sensible lifestyle as true Buddhists, in herald to Sri Sambuddathwa Jayanthi.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe called on the people to make a success of the journey towards creating a better life for themselves. The New Year dawns with new expectations. We should be determined to successfully face the challenge of creating a better standard of living in a moral society. He said that this task could be fulfilled with collective strength of the people.