President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that Sri Lanka never sought foreign advice, deployed foreign forces or obtained the services of mercenaries in its fight against terrorism.
The President stated tha the country requires no foreign advice on safeguarding human rights in the country “…therefore foreign intervention or their instructions are not necessary to safeguard human rights and carry out humanitarian, reconstruction and reconciliation programmes in this country,” the President said addressing a ceremony held at the Temple Trees.
“The war was fought and won solely by our heroic soldiers based entirely, on home gown military strategies and they were directed by their commanders. Sri Lanka has the capability, strength and knowledge to take the country forward on its own policies and programmea. We have nothing to learn from foreign powers on how we should run the country and resolve our problems,” President Rajapaksa said.
President Rajapaksa emphasized Sri Lanka could resolve her problems in the same manner she defeated terrorism.
“All Sri Lankans whether they are from the North, South , East or West must rise against the situation that has been created in Geneva. It is the paramount duty of the opposition for the sake of the nation to rise with the people to protect the country. The opposition and all Sri Lankans must forget their religious, cast, ethnic and political affiliations at this hour and confront the problem as one people,” President Rajapaksa added.
“We must determine to resolve our problems collectively as we are all the children of one mother. Only then would Sri Lankans of all parts of the country be able to enjoy the dividends of peace,’ he said. (By Sandun A. Jayasekera)