We could’ve done certain things differently: Gota

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While reiterating that local and foreign elements attempted to drive a wedge between the Rajapaksa government and the Muslims, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that he agrees that they could have done certain things differently without leaving room for opportunists.

He expressed these views during an Iftar Ceremony organized by the National Muslim Collective, which was held at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on Friday.

Mr. Rajapaksa said these efforts, to create a wedge between the Muslim Community and the Rajapaksa government, were done in an organized manner.

“The lies that were spread within the community and actions that were instigated to cause unfortunate incidents led to a perception that the Muslim community has a cause to be wary of the Rajapaksa administration. This is very far from the truth. However, those Muslim leaders who work closely with me and the former government, know very well that we took great care to uphold the security and dignity of the Muslim people under very sensitive circumstances,” he said.

He said the false impression created by the lies and orchestrated incidents was so strong, that they were unable to convince many in the Muslim community about the sincerity of their actions.

“This was a trust deficit that contributed to the unfortunate defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015 and halted the rapid progress Sri Lanka was making. However, that is the past. Soon, we may have another opportunity to continue that journey of progress. We have engaged in continuous dialogue with religious leaders and the elders of the Muslim community and will continue to discuss the issues that trouble you, the fears that you have and the measures that can be taken to resolve them,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

He said the intention of the Rajapaksa Government was always to create a nation where Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils and people from every community in this country can get on with their lives, knowing that they are safe. “If we can all come together once again, I am sure we will be able to achieve this. That will be to the lasting benefit of all Sri Lankans living in this country today and for all our future generations. It is something I hope, we can all work towards,” he told the Iftar gathering.(Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

  Comments - 14

  • Unchikun Monday, 11 June 2018 09:12 AM

    Yeah, one thing you did correctly was robbing. Thanks and no thanks.

    You have forgotten Monday, 11 June 2018 09:34 AM

    AND also for being the mentor for BBS

    Perumal Monday, 11 June 2018 02:08 PM

    Yes, what he says is true. We could have permanently silenced a few more people.

    Arjuna Ranawana Monday, 11 June 2018 09:37 AM

    One day ,you should have to tell ( vomiting ) every things.

    yahiya Monday, 11 June 2018 09:42 AM

    Its well organized crimes against Muslims. In that time history of Sri lanka most of professional Muslims supported Rajapaksa victory of war.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 11 June 2018 09:45 AM

    I can not understand that there are still people who invite this looter and killer to events so he can spread his lies. Nor is it to be understood that the media offer this man a public forum.

    Yeti Tuesday, 12 June 2018 06:56 AM

    They are all afraid of him and have already begun to make allowances just in case!!!

    Jaliya Monday, 11 June 2018 09:58 AM

    He said the the Rajapaksa Government was always to create a nation where Sinhalese, Muslims, Tamils and people from every community can get on with their lives, [what he also meant the underworld] knowing that they are safe. “If we can all come together once again, I am sure we will be able to achieve this ... keep on dreaming you provided safe rides in white vans ... as usual memory loss ... we still remember.

    kukula Monday, 11 June 2018 10:06 AM

    The biggest actors, script writers, robbers, and murders are the Rajapaksha's. They can lie through and through. If you were to correct the situation you had ample time to do so before the 2015.Just look at the family history of Brothers, wife's, children. nephews, nieces, and extended family and friends, You mean the peoples have forgotten all this.

    FAYAZ Monday, 11 June 2018 01:40 PM

    we need a leader like singapore president, or Mahatir Mohd or benjamin Netaniyaho or philippine president Rodrigo Dutarte. who loves the country, really committed to work for the country. GR is blaming the foreign elements for all the bad things happen in SL. he him self is a Foreigner. what patriotism we expect from a foreigner????. God bless my motherland

    Dhammika Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:14 PM

    GR is an AMERICAN citizen trying to fool the people with a new slogan "GR WILL MAKE SL LIKE AMERICA " of course with the MAFIA in action and the white vans roaming .

    Major Gamage Monday, 11 June 2018 06:45 PM

    Why a big sympathy on Muslims,all of a sudden? Gota cannot fool Muslims like he does to Sinhalese who are known to forget things happened within 2 weeks. But remember Muslims never forget. Sinhalese,Tamils and Muslims live in harmony.We do not need an agent or a mediator to promote that.

    PERERA Monday, 11 June 2018 08:43 PM

    WE ALL KNOW GOTA VERY WELL. HE IS A RACIST AND WILL DO ANY THING TO DESTROY BOTH MUSLIMS AND TAMILS TO GET A GOOD NAME AMONG THE HARDLINE SINHALA PEOPLE. THIS MAN IS VERY DANGEROUS TO THE FUTURE OF SRI LANKA. IT IS UP TO THE VOTERS TO DECIDE THEIR OWN FATE. I DON'T WANT TO SEE WHITE VAN NOR DISAPPERANCE OF JOURNALISTS.

    Ganesh Tuesday, 12 June 2018 07:18 AM

    You better mind your own business no need to come to politics to destroy the country keeping your Sinhala Buddhits bloody hegemony . What you have done to Tamils and Muslims we will never forget .If there is Almighty ,you will never come . Get lost


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