President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed the need of providing all facilities and privileges enjoyed by the people in the South of the country, to our fellow citizens in the North and East as well.
President Rajapaksa made this observation when he addressed the third Annual Conference of the Sri Lanka Independant Professionals` Organisation at Temple Trees last Friday.
He pointed out that over six hundred proposals stipulated in the multi-party oriented Mahinda Chintanaya (MC), has been fulfilled already to date, a unique feature being the eradication of terrorism, with the unitary-state framework being maintained.
However, he said that following the liberation of the East, the greatest challenge confronting his Government, was to win the hearts and minds of the Eastern civil polity.
This they achieved by such programmes as the `Eastern Development` and `Nagenhira Navodaya`, which has done a tremendous service in enhancing infrastructural facilities therein.
`You could see for yourself the development, if you visit the East. We will hold the Local Government elections, and provide them the cherished privilege of exercising their free franchise after twenty years`, he added.
He said the ethnic issue has reached a crisis level because the UNP Government had transfered certain regions to the terrorists in writing. We understood the motives behind these actions and have now liberated the East. We will soon liberate the North and have succeeded in confining the terrorists to only two districts now.
`Our aim and ambition is to protect the resources of the land and permit anyone to invest in the country for its economic development, sans betraying the country`, President Rajapaksa added.
Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana, Deputy Finace Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and representatives of the Sri Lanka Independant Professionals` Organisation participated at this conference.