President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged he would never leave room for the international community, any other country or group to raise issues regarding Sri Lanka’s fundamental rights, human rights, democracy or give them any excuse to interfere in the internal affairs of the country.
“I will fulfil all my pledges in restoring and safeguardingthe human rights and the fundamental rights of our people and lead the country on a victorious path while protecting its unitary character,” the President said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) May Day rally which was the first public rally he addressed after being elected as party Chairman and Sri Lanka’s new President.
He said the rights of the working class will be safeguarded under his administration and said everyone should be responsible to protect Sri Lanka’s freedom, integrity and peace.
“We must work together regardless of political differences. The SLFP had placed its faith in me by appointing me as the party chairman while the people had placed their faith in me by electing me as the president of the country. I will treat all people on an equal footing and vow not to promote discrimination or give special treatment. I consider all citizens as Sri Lankans whatever their political party affiliations are,” the President said.
He said he was able to secure the livelihood opportunities of several SLFPers who were sacked from the Board of Investment (BOI) and the Road Development Authority (RDA).
“I was able to do this as SLFP Chairman and the President of the Country. I will only use my powers to protect our citizens,” he said.
Commenting on reports that he was taking action based on the advice he received from others, the President said no one other than the people who will be allowed to control him.
Meanwhile, he said the 19th Amendment to the Constitution would provide more space for freedom of expression make the President answerable to parliament restricting his power to take arbitrary action.
The President said he met SLFP leaders and activists in several districts during the past few weeks and that he would meet the rest of the SLFP leaders soon.
“As members of the SLFP we should join all who love this country and with the support of trade union members and intellectuals help transform the country into a newly developed nation,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
The UN cannot interfere in any country. It is entirely controleld by the West, and luckily Russia has a veto to prevent western excesses.But, in the case of Iraq the US ignored the UN and went to decapitate Sadam, then the west decapitated Gadaffi, etc and to day we have chaos in the middle east, with the Islamic criminals in power, thanks to the US behaving like a bull in a china shop.
Jayan Sunday, 03 May 2015 11:34 AM
We certainly need foreign interference from civilized nations as Sri Lankans are not capable of looking after their own affairs.
Ajja Saturday, 02 May 2015 12:06 PM
You need to take care of your life as there will be power hungry enemies waiting to grab opportunities.Their desperate behavior is evident to any body.
Mason Saturday, 02 May 2015 11:18 AM
You leave a vacuum things creep in. Have good governance, integrity and peace. This will bring about stability amongst various religions and races. Human rights issues and the so called foreign interference will only be a bogey.
cheers Saturday, 02 May 2015 09:34 AM
But Mr President that is not how your henchman Ranil, Mangala and Chandrika is describing
rooves Saturday, 02 May 2015 08:32 AM
Statement said that he will not leave room for out siders to interfere. Hence his commitment to sort things out internally.
Farook Ali Saturday, 02 May 2015 07:58 AM
Lanka watch please see the para the MSOP has said that E will give no room to interfere issues international community . MSOP remain power E should be always perfect.
rose perera Saturday, 02 May 2015 07:53 AM
lanka watch, no one has the authority or moral right to interfere in a soveriegn nation. Even at this late stage, thank you to the president for at least thinking about this as lately it seems Sri Lanka has done nothing but allow the likes of India etc to call the shots. The UN being the protector of the world is a childish idealitic notion that has little credibilty given that its decisions are directed by the 5 permanent members who carry out their own agenda through their voting and veto powers. They use ghe UN to futher their own political and security agendas. The UN has been outdated and ineffective since the 1950s. So please dont tell the citizens of Sri Lanka that the UN has a RIGHT to interfere in our country
Teacher Saturday, 02 May 2015 07:39 AM
This is strange because elsewhere in this newspaper, the new American Ambassador wants a "Federal Structure" in Sri Lanka.So, who is telling the truth!
rosebud Saturday, 02 May 2015 06:57 AM
Lanka Watch are you saying that the UNs role is to interfere in the affairs of member states in order to advance the imperialist ambitions of the international community via DM Android App
Raja Saturday, 02 May 2015 06:35 AM
Mr President, I appreciate your commitment, but how can you achieve this undertaking when the powers required to fulfil your promise have been removed from the President?
Freedom Saturday, 02 May 2015 04:39 AM
He will not tolerate human rights abuse which in return would not allow any international community to question. GET IN UR
Walimuni Abeysekera Saturday, 02 May 2015 03:48 AM
Hon President Have read in the news " US envoy specialized in federal structure" arriving and also they are trying to teach us Religious Freedom.Is Srilanka under siege ????
jayan Saturday, 02 May 2015 03:21 AM
Dear Mr President,Rightly or wrongfully you are the president of Sri Lanka now. It is your responsibility to protect the country until next president takes over. Please do not make comments and promises that you cannot keep. For example you were the best friend of former President Rajapaksa until last moment of presidential nominations. Then you made the announcement to be the presidential candidate. To show that type of courage and dishonesty, you need a massive foreign support; and now everyone knows who was behind said conspiracy. Please be a patriotic leader to protect Sri Lanka having a good foreign policy. Sri Lanka is not big enough to survive alone.
Jayalath Saturday, 02 May 2015 03:11 AM
Whole world got to know who regulate him ,. He may not know that but we know . It says if you say one lie you have to say hundred lies to cover that . thats what he does today .
Dinesh Friday, 01 May 2015 07:53 PM
So he accepts there were interference, Country is in big trouble because of this government. Hope people realizes the danger soon. Economy and developments are in standstill situation.
Lanka Watch Saturday, 02 May 2015 12:49 AM
First and foremost it is a wrong statement the Presidentmade as in the first para he says that he will not allowinternational community to question human rights issuesas the former govt. too did the same thing and got the wrath of the international community. Do not know whether he made this statement for public consumption only , as UN has to be respected and they have every right to interfere in any country on behalf the people, who are suffering ,either from political pressure or economically and that is what UN is for. Rest of the speech is exemplary, indeed.
Ranji Friday, 01 May 2015 11:23 PM
Great that means no federalism for separatists. That is the way to go president.
AMMI Friday, 01 May 2015 10:28 PM
Thank you Sir for your great speech to the nation who loves you so much from the day you became the President of this country while saving the country from the rouges. The whole nation will be with you all the way.
sarathsk Friday, 01 May 2015 10:16 PM
We all know that it is not easy to balance two opposing forces (i.e. UNP and SLFP). Today you meticulously balanced these two groups, first by attending the commemoration ceremony of Late President Premadasa and then by attending the SLFP may day rally. The way to go sir.. I am sure you will take the country to greater heights,
Sri Lankan Friday, 01 May 2015 09:16 PM
God bless you Mr.President hope you will keep your words we are with u....long live M3
Dr.Ismail Friday, 01 May 2015 09:07 PM
at SEUSL 30*130000*2 raised by native ...not foreigner...how much did the VC get behind the scene. How grade I was given. How prob was given.do you treat all the people equally...or
aja Friday, 01 May 2015 08:48 PM
Sir , Is that why u run behind the West and India and work on these countries Agenda ..?????
Hiran Gunawardena Friday, 01 May 2015 08:39 PM
Future We have enough interference in this country to set up your puppet government via DM Android App
carful with Paul family disaster Again Friday, 01 May 2015 08:28 PM
Now president and Rw should be more careful with pawul paksa king and other members. Because their mission was defeated. Now they have put some of the thives front with the government and trying to make blunder and toppling and conspiring activities. Becasue greedy for power. If president give PM post to MR, he will make more majority and he will make his own Constitution again to remain the power as he wants. So be careful with master mind family show again in this country
We should understand this well Friday, 01 May 2015 08:23 PM
Always President M3 should think that, If you give the Prime minister post to the previous cancer, again he will abuse his power and will make blunder with his thieves make more conspiracy within the government. Because he knows well to play. I Think president can feel all well these how he was in trap when he was under the cancer. He used all intellgence to find government ministers official and non-official matters. I hope president can remember all well and will act accordingly.
patriot Friday, 01 May 2015 08:08 PM
Of course no interference, coz you are already the puppet of the West.
Chandrs Friday, 01 May 2015 07:57 PM
But John Kerry comes for whatpurpose via DM Android App
Citizen Friday, 01 May 2015 08:00 PM
Great speech! Some MR supporters are spreading lies because Sri Lanka is mending precious ties with the west that are need for development.
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