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Next challenge before the country is to preserve the independence already won – President

Feb 4, 2011 10:13:34 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has declared that he is prepared to take difficult decisions instead of popular decisions to usher in a bright future for the country.

The President said he was addressing the nation in the face of the massive commitments made for the independence of the country. The next challenge before the country is to preserve the independence that has already been won. He said he will fulfill the responsibility of rebuilding the devastated nation.

They now face the immense challenge of restoring all that was lost to the nation, except the lives of those lost, in the thirty years of terrorism. The history of the world has shown that it needs a great deal of time to rebuild a nation that has faced such devastation.

Even at this moment, many countries in the world undergo much hardship due to effects of adverse weather and climate change. Citizens living in some parts of the island also face these conditions. Although they are unable to control the effects of extreme weather, the President opined that they are committed to uplift all those who have fallen victim to it.

During the past five years the per capita income has doubled and massive infrastructure development has taken place. Private enterprises have increased. Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the war had been resettled. The President noted that they can be proud of the past five years as a meaningful era has been marked by peace and development following independence. There are many targets that had to be reached. The people of this country should be afforded the opportunity of enjoying the victories achieved by the developed countries. The aim should be to alleviate poverty. More employment should be generated, income channels augmented and the country positioned to earn a higher incomes. Electricity, road, telephone, education and health facilities should be extended and the gap between villages and cities reduced. It was then only the President opined that the country would be able to achieve permanent freedom.

The people of the country must change their attitudes about future progress of the country, similar to the manner in which they began to think afresh about achieving victory over the forces of terror.

President Rajapaksa asserted that the country cannot be developed solely on popular decisions. ‘Inconvenient and difficult decisions are also necessary for the nation’s progress. It is the nation’s obligation to take hard and difficult decisions to bring light to the future of the children, rather than take popular decisions that will lead them to darkness ahead’,

It is better to make difficult decision to usher in a bright future for the children than create a gloomy future by making popular decisions. He stressed that as a democratic nation they had the ability to solve all their problems sans external outside intervention. The President asserted that Sri Lanka is one of the most ancient democracies in Asia. Democracy had to be preserved and the country’s territorial integrity and the unity preserved. The country has a proud history of 2500 years of protecting even animals as well as plants. They have inherited the commitment towards human rights from this ancient culture. The President added that he is prepared to fulfill his role in unifying the people to prepare the way for the country to emerge as a powerful country in Asia.