“Let us build a country where Good Governance prevails”

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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’.

  Comments - 6

  • shamon Wednesday, 04 February 2015 06:40 PM

    We are United. we can be the next economic miracle of Asia. Lets all Unite under one flag. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:58 AM

    Good governance comes with following proper legal procedures. This was not seen with the re-appointment of CJ43 Shirani and CJ44 Sri Bhavan. It was also not seen when appointing PM Ranil where the former PM had not resigned nor removed. Even though the past regime was absolutely corrupt, the present regime shud not follow that same course.

    Waco Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:59 AM

    Minister of Defence, please visit the injured / disable soldiers in Nursing Homes today the Independence Day. Otherwise you will be failing in your duties.

    Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Thursday, 05 February 2015 01:38 PM

    Mr. President,We are cautioning you on the following once again:1) Ranil and Chandriks have the worst track record on National Question as both of them tried their best to break the motherland in to pieces and north/east part to handover to elam.2) We are beginning to hear those words of 13TH Amendment and united lanka etc from Chandrika and Ranil as jathidrohies.3) Chandrika and Ranil in line with their actions are no doubt that they are supporting the call by the West to divide llanka on federalism or any other method.4) if you really want to prevent or eliminate waste of public money and corruption, we advise you to begin with abolishing Provincial councils as this is the biggest waste of public money.5) It is a shame that no or little mention about the heroic armed forces during Independence day celebrations for the sacrifices made for to get rid of LTTE TERRORISM from Sri Lanka.6) pls remember India is the biggest democracy in the world who supported, armed, trained nurtured, fed and funded a terrorist organization agasinst another democratic country - Sri Lanka. So, pls analyse about their friendship in the history, recent past and present.7) Since diplomatic relations started in the early fifties, China is a true friend of Sri Lanka.In conclusion, we would like to mention that Yahapalanaya or RECONCILIATION DOES NOT MEAN THT MOTHERLANKSA SHALL BE DIVIDED ON ETHNIC LINES.

    Waco Thursday, 05 February 2015 04:19 PM

    Mr.President , please appoint General Sarath Fonseka as the deputy minister of Defence, Minister in-charge of Department of Police and the minister of Agriculture. He will be an asset to you.

    Cheers Wednesday, 04 February 2015 04:02 PM

    So far a failure

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