Prime Minister and Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday said he will not tolerate separatism and he strongly believed in achieving peace without going to war.
Addressing a large gathering at the BMICH after releasing his manifesto titled `Mahinda Chinthanaya` he said `I will not tolerate separatism and I strongly believe in achieving peace without going to war. I will commence peace talks with all the stake holders involved in the conflict with the sincere wish of achieving peace which has eluded the people of this country for long.`
`With that, I hope to build a national consensus in order to achieve my goal and I strongly believe this resolution must hold the preservation of civil rights of all communities, country`s sovereignty, national security and the unitary character of the state, as I love my country above all. I have no desire to choose the path that will divide my most precious possession he said.`
Rajapakse quoted the words of wisdom spoken by Arahat Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa `You are not the owner of this forest, but only the trustee`. He said his fundamentals of my tenure in office would be based on the same advice and spirit.
`Political power is by no means a privilege. It is also a position temporarily entrusted by the people to a certain representative. The same rule applies for the executive Presidency as well. My vision is to exercise this task entrusted to me by the public for the goodwill of the people without breaching their trust. Based on this vision, I am placing my policy statement before the public titled `Mahinda Chinthana,` he said.
Rajapakse added `Our main challenges are achieving peace while maintaining an undivided state, developing the national economy, while fulfilling the basic needs of the people, creating a virtuous society and building a healthy environment for children. New economic reforms will be introduced with citizens of all levels in the country being able to enjoy the its fruits. Hence, I have decided to add new reforms which are appropriate and compatible with our culture and that will generate new employment opportunities, increase the production capacity thus contributing to a better economy,` he said.
He said he would safeguard the rights of all communities and religions and accept Sri Lanka as the homeland and the motherland of every one of them. He added that he would forge a better relationship with the countries in the region, where the ethnic problem was concerned and also for better economic cooperation.