President Maithripala Sirisena today declared that Sri Lanka will face the UNHRC resolution with the collective strength of all sections to protect and preserve the national pride as well as the pride and dignity of the armed forces that had made numerous sacrifices to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
Addressing the nation to mark the 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face, Sirisena said; “The government is fully committed to safeguarding the nation as well as the pride of the heroic armed forces.”
Sirisena noted that it is because the country failed to address the post conflict issues that should have been solved after elimination of terrorism in May 2009, that Sri Lanka is facing this UNHRC resolution. “The (then) government did not take the required steps after the defeat of the terrorism in 2009, and in January 2015, the people gave me the mandate to fulfill that task and now we have to take effective steps to build reconciliation and harmony and coexistence between the communities,” he said.
Sirisena emphasized that if the then government had taken the steps that should have been taken after May 2009, Sri Lanka would not have faced the resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2015.
“The government is determined to face the UNHRC resolution with the collective strength of all sections to protect and preserve the national pride as well as the pride and dignity of our armed forces that had made numerous sacrifices to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” President Sirisena said.
The President said it is the duty of all Sri Lankans to remember with the highest respect, and pay due honor to all members of the security forces who sacrificed their lives in the war on behalf of the motherland. He added that the nation should be grateful to the armed forces as well as the government leadership in defeating the terrorists to protect the country.
Sirisena called on everybody to act with wisdom for the sake of the future of the country and not to use the democratic freedom to entertain illogical, petty, foolish ideas of grabbing power through shortcuts. (By Munza Mushtaq © CT )