PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapakse asserted yesterday that forces of terrorism would not affect the decisions that he has taken in the interests of the Nation.
`It is a great mistake if anyone believes that our decisions can be altered by means of terror. The LTTE should realise that we are not deaf and blind,` President Rajapakse told a gathering at Kuda Uduwa, Horana in the aftermath of the LTTE`s suicide attack on a Dvora in Trincomalee.
`If they think so, time has come for them to give up such thoughts,` the President said.
The President reiterated that his Government was committed to a negotiated settlement.
President Rajapakse said the people of this country and also the international community were aware that the LTTE was violating the Ceasefire Agreement.
`Not only have I reiterated my commitment to solve the ethnic problem through a negotiated settlement but I have also already taken steps towards achieving that.`
`Even today I would like to tell the people that we are still ready and committed to solve this problem in a peaceful manner by demonstrating our patience,` he added.
`If someone takes my patience that I have inculcated through Buddhist values as my weakness, they would be mistaken.`
President Rajapakse said that time was ripe for all to unite, shedding petty ethnic, religious and party differences to solve the burning problem of the Motherland.
`I am duty bound to ensure the security of this country. In the same manner I am duty bound not to allow anybody to create problems in the country,` he added.
It was sad to note that there are sections of people who are frolicking over the deaths of innocent people in claymore mine and landmine attacks.
`Some are acting as if those attacks were launched on Mahinda Rajapakse and they are counting their fingers while spreading rumours,` he said.
`It is not on Mahinda Rajapakse that terrorists are launching those attacks. The innocent masses and ultimately the Motherland of all of us have become victims of these attacks`, he added.
`This is the Motherland all Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. So I am ready to face any challenge for the sake of this country,` he remarked.
The President said he believes that peace loving and patriotic people would get together to solve the problems that their Motherland was facing.
`These are not problems that had cropped up within the past one and half months as some try to articulate. These are problems that cropped up over a long period. So we should unite shedding all petty differences,` he explained.