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President requests opposition not to harm the reputation of the country

Feb 22, 2011 11:03:35 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has appealed to the opposition not oppose the island during visits to other country. However, there is no harm in opposing the Government within the country.

The President accused that some without properly discharging the task of the Opposition within the country were going against the motherland in other countries. He emphasized that the target of the victory achieved by the motherland after ending terrorism should be to achieve victory through the country’s development war. Addressing News Editors and Directors of media institutions at Temple Trees today, he underlined that the obligation of the Opposition was join hands on behalf of the country’s rebuilding programme. A streamlined programme has already been crafted to respond to unwarranted charges made by LTTE loyalists some Opposition members against the country. Proper responses had already been made with transparency on charges leveled with regard to human rights.  The President declared that necessary plans had already been drawn up to make clarification by visits to other countries on the real nature of Sri Lanka and the protection of democracy.

The President announced that India and Sri Lanka had already reached agreement with regard to the problems which had surfaced in relation to fishermen. An Indo-Lanka Joint Committee was already taking the necessary initiatives in this respect. Although there was mediation by certain Non-Governmental Organisation in history in issues related to fishing, at present two two countries are directly mediating to sort out issues. As such, the President was optimistic that fishermen of the two countries could engage in their profession san any obstructions, with the immediate resolution of the Indo-Lanka fishing sea limits.

In the meantime, on accusations by the opposition that the government is preventing parties from staging protests or demonstrations by attacking them, the President said anyone can stage a demonstration freely and that he had issued clear instructions to the Police in this respect. However, he asserted that the Police had the due right to to take legal initiatives if such demonstrations hindered the public or caused damage to public property. The President said that he had issued instructions to the defence sectors not to consider party of stature when taking action in this respect. The President was queried by a journalist as to why the Opposition was not being invited for state functions. The President said the Opposition was being invited for every such function. He underscored that it was unfortunate for the country that they were not participating in such functions.