A positive response to the President
President Maithripala Sirisena stated that even though the war ended, an environment where Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims could live in harmony could not be created because the responsibilities of the post conflict war era were not met properly.
Today I am working to accomplish the goals of the reconciliation programmes on behalf of the country, the President said today (31) at a meeting held Sammanthurai.
The President said that even though the war has ended, the period of kidnappings, assassinations, and journalists being killed on road, the behavior of certain people has caused fear and anxiety among the people. The People made him the President in the last election in order to build a peaceful and a democratic country free from fear and anxiety and he is dedicated to build such a nation, he vowed.
His motive is to build a country without risking another war and that the country is being given assistance in international level for this purpose, he said and added that the justice of development will be provided for those who are were early victims of war residing in the Eastern Province. He pointed out that election of the candidates from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at the local government election will make this task efficient.
This rally was organized to confirm the victory of the Ampara district candidates of the SLFP led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). Governor of the eastern province, Rohitha Bogollagama, Governor of the northern province, Reginald Cooray, State Ministers A.H.M Fowzi and Sriyani Wijewickrama, Former Minister A. L. M. Athaullah, Y.M Muzammil, provincial councilors of United People’s Freedom Alliance and a large crowd gathered at this meeting.
Meanwhile the President attended a rally held in Kalmunai and was warmly welcomed by the majority of Muslims participated in this event.
Later the President joined a meeting held in Kattankudy, Batticaloa. This rally was held to ensure the victory of the candidates of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of Batticaloa district held with the participation of a huge Muslim crowd.
The President addressed the people and stated his dedication to provide the benefits of development to the people. Further he mentioned that a bridge to connect him and the people of urban and rural areas can be build by ensuring the victory of SLFP candidates in upcoming local government election. With the impending victory of election on February 10th, the transformative change this country needed will be achieved with the cooperation among all the Sri Lankans without any ethnic or religious difference.
L. A. M. Hizbullah, the organizer of this rally, Northern Province Chief Minister Reginald Cooray, state minister A. H. M. Fowzie, and other organizers of SLFP Batticaloa district were present in this meeting.
Later the president joined a public meeting in Eravur, Batticaloa.