President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an opinion piece written for the Wall Street Journal, called on the international community to support the government as it looks at building a peaceful and successful Sri Lanka.
He also said that his victory at the January 26 Presidential election was merely the start for Sri Lanka and now he will seek to work to make the nation stronger and more able to succeed in today's globalized world.
“I know that there are some people and policy makers abroad who have criticized what we did to bring an end to violence and terrorism. They said our measures threatened the people and undermined democracy. This election has shown that the reality is very different. The people of Sri Lanka, democratically and very clearly, have shown that they are free of threats, fear and terrorism, and that they want to embrace the future that could only be achieved through the decisive measures taken last year,” President Rajapaksa said in his opinion piece.