President says time to let the wounds of the past heal

- colombogazette.com

President Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is time to let the wounds of the past to heal or let it grow further.

He says the ethnic, religious issues and other genuine concerns of the people could be put behind to prevent a break up of unity and integrity of the state by the 75th Independence Anniversary of the country.

The President added that as discussed by the Members of Parliament, if the Attorneys-at-law in the country would assist in this process, this task could be achieved.

He made this observation while addressing a ceremony organized to felicitate President Ranil Wickremesinghe on completing 50 years at the Bar, held at the Lotus Hall, Shangri-La Hotel, in Colombo, last evening.

Wickremesinghe said that it is not an easy task but neither is it an impossible task.

He added that this task cannot be achieved merely through the efforts of the politicians and that the support of the lawyers is vital in this endeavor.

“The Parliamentarians have taken a decision to see how best to resolve the ethnic differences and work towards reconciliation, issues of religious differences and all the other genuine concerns of the people, without breaking up the integrity and unity of the state,” the President’s Office quoted Wickremesinghe as saying.

Addressing the gathering President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva said President Ranil Wickremesinghe has never worked for self-promotion but has always worked to strengthen Parliament.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, First Lady Senior Professor Mithree Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya PC, UNP Chairman and Parliamentarian Vajira Abeywardena, Ports and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, MP Chandima Weerakkody, MP Udaya Gammanpila, MP M.A Sumanthiran, MP Lakshman Kiriella, Justice, Prisons Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayake, Senior advisor to President on Climate Change Ruwan Wijewardene, Presidential Adviser Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Presidents Adviser Dr R. H. S. Samarathunga, President’s Adviser K P Dayaratne, UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara, former MP Navin Dissanayake and the President’s Private Secretary Sandra Perera also were present at the occasion. (Colombo Gazette)

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