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Mahinda Rajapaksa' ll implement what is necessary

Sunday, May 20, 2012


President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Victory Day compared to the Galle Face Green said only nice recommendations in the report LLRC will be implemented and that too not due to the influence of anyone.

The President also ejected international calls to withdraw its troops from the areas of the country of ancient war, warning that the LTTE diaspora has not renounced separatism.

"Some cry out military camps in the north and east," said Mr. Rajapaksa at a ceremony of "Victory Day" marks the third anniversary of the crushing of the LTTE. Asserting that "the diaspora LTTE had not given up their separatist ideas, "the president said," We can not compromise national security by removing the camps. "

His remarks a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Colombo should demilitarize the embattled Tamil dominated north and do more to protect human rights.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris GM had a 45-minute meeting with Clinton in Washington, after which he told reporters that Colombo will conduct its own investigation into violations of rights during the final phase of the civil war of island.

Mr. Rajapaksa has rejected speculation that his forces were involved in the civil administration in northern Tamil-dominated. "What the terrorists could not do Eelamist through decades of war, are now trying to achieve by other means," said Mr. Rajapaksa.

The UN, the U.S. and India stressed during Lankan government to demilitarize former zones of conflict and achieve national reconciliation. A recommendation to defuse the military presence in the north and east also appears in Rajapakasa own lessons learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report.

The country marked the "victory day" with a large military deployment by air force jets, steam passes through the Navy ships and a parade of the army. Security forces with more than 12,000 people on display, was the largest military show since the end of the civil war in which 32 fighters in Sri Lanka were exposed and 72 warships steamed past.

In his speech, the President of Sri Lanka has asked the international community to see the progress of the country since the end of three decades of fighting old "positive".

"We are a nation who sit tied with the other members of the United Nations. We treat them equally. We have the strength to solve our own problems," said Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The leader of Sri Lanka said that international governments should enjoy the services of his Government to local communities since the end of the war. "We will not abdicate our responsibilities. We have already implemented (the recommendations) that we can agree with (in the LLRC). He said his government would not lose the opportunity to use the peace prevailing in the island after 30 years of bloody confrontation.

The country marked the "victory day" with a large military deployment by air force jets, steam passes through the Navy ships and a parade of the army. Security forces with more than 12,000 people on display, was the largest military show since the end of the civil war in which 32 fighters in Sri Lanka were exposed and 72 warships steamed past.

The President presented 15 'Parama veera vibhushana', the highest awards nations gallantary to the other relatives of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the fight against the LTTE. (PTI)

Here is the text of President Rajapaksa's address to the nation.

I did not need to state again that this day - May 19 - is now a great historic day in our country. Today marks the third celebration of the victory of the nation under one flag. It is the great victory which restored honorable peace that our country had preserved for many centuries. Similarly, it is also the great victory that freed lakhs of people in the North who were taken hostage by the forces of terror and removed the fear of death that existed among all peoples.

Friends,

Our heroes and veterans of the war gave their feet for us to walk freely. They gave their lives to save all people from the throes of death. They gave their last breath of the winds to let us breathe freely. The nation will recall everything that sacrifice with great honor.

We do not stop there. We have now given a new meaning to all the blood, sweat and tears shed by them on behalf of the nation.

We are now protecting the country which was won by the sacrifice and the construction of a great country free, independent and not subject to any other. I remember how when we were strengthening our armed forces, police and civil defense corps of the questions raised about how they could be maintained after the war is over. Is it not a big waste of money, was the question. These issues were raised, even before we can complete the task. Today, I ask you to consider whether the criticism was fair or reasonable.

When terrorism prevailed, the military had a great responsibility. Once peace was established, the hero who brought us freedom have a similar responsibility. It is the task of rebuilding the country and adding to its beauty.

Friends,

I declare with great humility and pride that we have justified given the dignity of life for war hero who brought us the dignity of peace. I think the Ranaviru housing project is the largest housing project in place in Sri Lanka. We have not only your entry for children in national schools, but also built a separate school of War Heroes, which ranks among the best schools in the country. I see some of these children are here today. Similarly, we have well thought out programs to care for disabled veterans, especially in places such as Seth Medura Mihindu.

We also ensure that veterans who are retiring from our forces are given necessary vocational training before their return to civilian life. The Security Service Rathna Lanka has been specially created for these veterans. We express our love for the unborn children of our veterans. That is why we proposed in the last budget that the third child of a family of war heroes receive a grant of Rs 100, 000. I do not know if it is actually used and we invite you to do so. We also gave the opportunity for those who have the artistic talent of our veterans to put their talents to the evidence, improve, and give them recognition in the country. I do not think any other country in the word respects its heroes and veterans this way.

Friends,

You will recall that terrorism has forced us all to live in the midst of many restrictions and obstructions, through 30 years. It is barely three years since the end of the war. Today, the country that faces these restrictions is back to normal. We systematically removed from our vocabulary references refugee camps, landmines and villages threatened. There is no state of emergency today. There are no high security zones. Checkpoints and roadblocks that we have had through every two or three kilometers, and even on the road to Galle, are not there anymore.

It's not a secret that through 30 years, there were armed groups and militias operating, particularly in the north and east. All these groups have been disarmed. There were limits to fishermen under which they could not go beyond a certain distance. These restrictions are no more. The era of underworld racketeers and drug ends. Today Sri Lanka is a country free of restrictions and barriers.

Although this is the real situation in the country, there are some that have restrictions in their mind and thought. Although people feel relieved today in their hearts, some are not willing to wait for the reality of such measures.

Friends,

We recognize that the armed forces are not involved in the administration of the North or East. These regions are administered by the public and police. Despite this, there are many people screaming that the security forces camps in these areas should be removed. They ask us why they are not deleted. But no one asks whether those who make such requests do not seek to achieve what Prabhakaran failed to secure through the use of ship loads of weapons, air attacks, sea and man Tiger suicide attacks bomb through 30 years of war on terror. Are they now not asking this in different ways?

It is necessary to ask those who call for the elimination of the armed forces of the North if the "Diaspora" and Eelamists have ceased their work, although the country has returned to normal. It is no secret that those children forcibly conscripted to the war and other war criminals who are leaders of the LTTE, operate freely in foreign countries. As well as their work to their requests also remain the same, they seek the same goals by different means. Therefore, we must ask ourselves if we able to remove the camps of the armed forces in the North and reduce our attention to national security. It is not possible. Armed services camps are not found in the North alone. They are seen across the country. They are Giruvapattu in Colombo and in the South. They are found in our country. Not in a foreign country.

Friends,

We are a country that is a member of the United Nations, in cooperation with the friendship with all countries and sit flush with all its members. We are a non-aligned countries. We have the strength to solve our own problems and issues. After 30 years, we now see the dawn that will lead us to a golden age of the future. We are a country with a free and independent policy-aligned peace. I do not have to repeat that this is a difficult task to build a country with enormous development in line with international levels of growth. Yet we have now started to look up as a nation. What we seek is to make the world a modern and developed county. We have not forgotten the help and assistance given to us by our neighbors and other countries of the international community to defeat terrorism. Similarly, what we expect of them today is our cooperation in movements for rapid development of the country.

Friends,

We named the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (LLRC) with high expectations to promote reconciliation between communities. We are already implementing what we can accept and implement the recommendations from the LLRC. This is not due to any pressure from anyone. We will not abandon our responsibilities. I think the world should understand this when they see the service as we did in three years for the Tamil people of the North, including the freedom that we have restored. Therefore, we can not allow this report of the Committee appointed to bring about reconciliation between people to be used to create divisions between people.

Friends,

It is obvious to you all that narrow-mindedness of the past does not exist between our communities today.

We can now observe the actual experiences of those marriages between North and South. Today, youth, men and women, North and East which, once taken up arms have abandoned their weapons and are ready to join the police and armed forces. National political parties are now able to work and operate freely in the North in the absence of fear. After defeating terrorism we should now take full advantage of this opportunity to the freedom offered by peace. This is not an opportunity gained or Ealamists. You, our forces have prevented the heroic war hero and my dear friends,

We must have the patience to save the victory we have won. This can not be done in haste or fear. We cannot be advanced in the decisions on these issues because they will not last long. We must act with foresight and understanding of the future of our country. Let's join hands and work together after abandoning the narrow expectations. Let us build a great and peaceful developed country where everyone can live without fear and distrust that we can proudly leave to our children and generations unborn. This is the challenge for victory. To do this is the greatest victory.

I wish you a prosperous future!
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