President Maithripala Sirisena
The 67th anniversary of our Independence is of special significance as it sees the launch of a new era of ‘Good Governance’ in the country.This comes with a new commitment towards the unity of our people, to safeguard freedom and democratic rights, and proceed to a future that moves further away from the re-emerging forces of colonialism.
The strengthening and progress of peace in our country requires social, political and economic policies that give the highest priority to the needs of the people. This includes social welfare, economic progress, and a determined move towards good governance, which is in keeping with the traditions of tolerance and understanding.
The strengthening of the freedom that was won 67 years ago, requires the development of our youth through the acquisition and use of new skills, access to new knowledge and technology, and re-kindling the spirit of freedom throughout our land.
This is the time to pay tribute to the security forces that defended our sovereignty and territorial integrity with great sacrifice in the battle against terrorism. It also reminds us of the great freedom fighters of the past from all communities, religions and ideologies who carried on the struggle for freedom from colonial rule.
This is also the time to remember the spirit of unity that has prevailed in our land through the centuries, and drives us to work hard to achieve national unity in all its aspects, with reconciliation that comes through Metta or Loving Kindness to all.
We remain committed to our policy of Non-Alignment in our foreign relations, looking forward to greater friendship with the world community, which would support our moves for peace, stability, democracy and prosperity.
The progress of our nation in unity and understanding calls for patriotism that not only transcends the barriers of geography and community, but also focuses on the elimination of corruption in all its forms, and encourages genuine service to the people by their leaders.
As we move forward as a free nation, let us ensure the strengthening of peace and harmony to bring every success to our children and future generations who will inherit this land. Let us join in a pledge to build a future which would build on the ideals of peace, freedom and prosperity in the shining light of honesty of purpose and ‘Good Governance’.