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President tells public officials in Kilinochchi “sink differences and work for the country

Jul 14, 2010 11:00:50 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has appealed to public servants in Kilinochchi to sink political differences and work on behalf of the country.

The President called on the public servants to wipe out the tears of civilians who come to them. They should not be given hopes of thinking about a separate state. It will not become a reality. He called on everyone to work together. He recalled how efforts were made to hold negotiations and solve their problems. He also reminded them of his willingness to arrive in Kilinochchi for discussions. The President reminisced how parents lost their children and vice versa. Not only in the North, but innocent civilians were killed in the South including expectant mothers. Politics should be limited only to elections. The President called on the government officials to work on behalf of the people and to serve their own people. This is his only appeal. He invited them to identify the problems of the civilians and serve them.

The President was addressing public officials and employees at the Kilinochchi Defence Headquarters. It is the first time that a State leader had addressed public officials from Kilinochchi. Delivering his address in Sinhala, Tamil and English Languages, the President emphasized that significant development was now taking place in the North. A positive environment was being created for civilians in the entire North. He told them that the people who come to meet them were those who had experienced enormous difficulties. Public officials are their only consolation. As Government officials they had the power and authority to bring a smile into the faces of these civilians. In a way, they must feel privileged because it is an opportunity they had received to serve their people and the motherland. Unlike in the day of colonial masters, all of them are one.

The President reminded them that they do not belong to different classes. They have had the good fortune to receive free education. He said he believed it is time for the officials to return some of it to their motherland. He added that he could not see a better way than these officials serving the innocent people.