President Maithripala Sirisena has endorsed the United National Party’s resolution to safeguard and uphold the Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarianism in the country at the party 70th Anniversary celebrations held in Colombo.
“Today the UNP Passed a resolution that no external foreign force will be allowed to meddle with internal matters of the country which will affect the sovereignty and freedom of the people and that the culture and heritage of the majority Sinhalese people will be enhanced, while also creating an environment conducive for all other communities including Tamils and Muslims to live in,” Sirisena who was the chief guest at the event said yesterday.
The UNP resolution also included that Buddhists will be given the most prominent place while the minority communities too will have the freedom to conduct their religious activities without any problem.
Both Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also came together to assure the public that Sri Lanka’s sovereignty will remain unharmed, while assuring that they will create a country where all communities can live together.
Wickremesinghe said that the UNP was a patriotic party, and so was he and the UNP will not take any action that will reflect negatively on the country’s sovereignty.
“We will never do anything treacherous. I have never signed agreements with the LTTE to secure my victory. I would rather lose an election than do something like that. Today, some people who signed agreements with the LTTE are calling themselves patriots, while we are being labeled as traitors,”
Wickremesinghe, who is also the leader of the UNP said.
He called on everyone to rid their archaic mindset and unite to help take the country forward. “Let us create a country where everyone can live in democracy, without worrying,” he said.
Wickremesinghe also pledged to rid the country’s off its debt trap by 2020, left during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime. “We won’t burden our next generation with this debt, we will pay off this debt during our generation,” he said.
He also announced that beginning January, the government will launch a new 500,000 housing project to provide new houses for the families displaced by the war, families living in plantation areas as well as for families living in slums.
President Sirisena said that both he and Wickremesinghe have joined hands to build a better country which will benefit all the people, while maintaining the democracy and sovereignty of the nation.
“Both the UNP and the SLFP have a similar ideology and that is to develop the country while ensuring that the country’s sovereignty and unity remained intact,” he said.
He said that the new Constitution will be drafted in a manner acceptable to all including the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. “But, some people are spreading false information about this, including certain media organisations. I request them to stop misleading the public by publishing false stories. What you are doing is a national crime,” Sirisena said.
“We came to power to build and develop a better country, and we will ensure this will be done while maintaining the integrity of our nation. We will also work in a manner so that the country will not return to an era of conflict,” Sirisena added.
A notable attendee at the event was former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The event which commenced with the singing of the national anthem in Sinhala, concluded with the national anthem being sung in Tamil.
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