Sri Lanka has been able to eliminate terrorism and thereby protect South Asia as well.
Addressing a South Asian Conference on Development and Cooperation the President stated that the country stands as a proud nation. The Rotary South Asia Conference on Development and Cooperation got underway in Colombo under the patronage of the President. The conference is being held for 3 days. The President pointed out that terrorism which was a menace to the country was eliminated with limited resources. He recalled that this victory was achieved without the assistance of those who followed a duel policy and those who manufacture weapons for killing civilians. There have been warnings that terrorist groups are raising funds to achieve their targets. He stated that certain elements that obstruct the work of the government and who nourished terrorism are providing shelter to those who raise funds to achieve their ruthless targets. He pointed out that such elements have no understanding of the humanitarian situation that arose during the Humanitarian Operation and the truth faced by the Sri Lankans. The aim of the government is to create a better environment for the people by strengthening the peace despite difficulties. The President pointed out that the government has strived to seek the participation of those who took arms in support of terrorism in its programme. President of the Rotary International Kalyan Banerji offered a special memento to President Rajapaksa. Past President of Rotary International and Conference Chairman Rajendra K. Saboo, Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Bill Boyd, Chairman of the Organizing Committee N.R. Gajendran and Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabral were amongst a large number of representatives of the South Asian Cooperation and government sector who participated in the inaugural session.