President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday said that twenty eight years ago 146 innocent civilians were massacred by terrorists in the vicinity of Sri Maha Bodhi and there was no human rights organization then to speak against such killings.
Delivering the keynote address at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference (CLGC) 2013 held in Kampala, Uganda, under the theme “Developmental Local Government: Putting Local Government at the Heart of Development,’ the President also said, “The twin pillars of durable peace and political stability have opened doors for Sri Lanka to move forward on accelerated economic and social development.”
“We, in Sri Lanka, have consistently regarded local government as the most practical expression of the ideals and aspirations of a functioning democracy,” President Rajapaksa said.
President Rajapaksa spoke about the evolution of local government in Sri Lanka, a system that dates as far back as the 4th century B.C. “Local government has not only been practical, but also effective in taking development directly to the people,” President Rajapaksa said, drawing on Sri Lanka’s experiences.
“I am of the view that a certain level of state intervention is also necessary in order to ensure equitable distribution of the benefits and social inclusivity,” he added. Recalling that it was on a day like this, twenty eight years ago 146 innocent civilians were massacred by terrorists in the vicinity of Sri Maha Bodhi, President said that there was no human rights organization then to speak against such killings.
President further said that local government was among the first target of terrorism. Restoring Local government and accelerating economic growth were the priorities of Sri Lanka immediately after the end of the war, President added. “The first victim of terror, we recall, was the Mayor of Jaffna in the North,” President Rajapaksa said. “The twin pillars of durable peace and political stability have opened doors for Sri Lanka to move forward on accelerated economic and social development.”
Ugandan President YoweriMuseveni, delivering the inaugural address, also commended Sri Lanka’s efforts in ending terrorism in the country and assured Uganda’s presence at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo this year. “I salute the people of Sri Lanka for achieving peace,” President Museveni said.
“We’re looking forward to attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in November.” Addressing the gathering via video message, Commonwealth Secretary-General Mr. Kamalesh Sharma said, “CLGC makes an immense contribution to democracy at a level which citizens benefit most.”
What ? international community helped us at the war ?? Are you nuts ???
rajarajaraja Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:01 PM
Are we saying MR group & LTTE are same, no investigation on LTTE so don't investigate MR Group
sen Thursday, 16 May 2013 06:44 AM
So wahat to speak you have killed all those who killed then and having victory days every year. Enjoy.
Nishant Thursday, 16 May 2013 02:08 AM
Execuse me. how many innocent tamil civilans were also masscared in 1983? what dont you mantioned that too?
Saskia Wednesday, 15 May 2013 02:56 PM
Go ahead and waste your tax money. There are no LTTE anymore to punish.
Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 15 May 2013 12:15 PM
Why aren't you holding Karuna / KP / Pillayan responsible? They carried out some of the attacks! Your paying them with our money.
sss Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:54 AM
let us make a documentary of LTTE fascists and show it in EU and other parliaments.
Nims Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:26 AM
International Community? Where were you? Milliband and the other idiot from France came to rescue the criminals and left empty handed. That is why they creat all thse problems now
kumar Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:10 AM
LTTE is a banned organization because of that. So Sri Lanka and it's armed forces also should be banned likewise.
kumar Wednesday, 15 May 2013 11:09 AM
Without International national help you guys can't even think about that.
Nomandy Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:12 AM
Thats why international community helped to eliminate LTTE.....now time to clean up parasites and leeches which kills our economy.
Vijay Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:43 AM
This is not true The amount of objection from press & others (as well lots of tamils) in UK at that time was overwhelming This was the turning point lot of liberal press like Guardian stopped its support to LTTE
Jalba Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:36 AM
Leader of the A'pura massacre is in your lap and he is prominent member in your political party so whose gonna talk and what gonna talk?????
ling Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:35 AM
@ Nomandy, be specific your international community coz some are with the LTTE.
MMI-Super Man Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:05 AM
tarzan Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:01 AM
thats why we crushed them, so now whom we should punish kruna, kp, daya or ???????????????
lalitha Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:52 AM
the remaining ltte members are in the government today.. including the person responsible for killing 600+ policeman
jay Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:33 AM
yes very true!! it shows the double standards of such groups. massacres of LTTE / US-UK forces are ignored. what a world we live in
TreeHouse Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:35 AM
manel fonseka Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:34 AM
That is not
Anura Gunawardane Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:23 AM
That why they are called Terrorist and we are called democratic Socialist Republic still by the world
RamUK Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:21 AM
that is just uncalled for....reveling numbers never going towards peace. In Actual fact we have more causalities ..
ANTON Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:16 AM
YOU SHOULD HAVE DECLARED THAT IN THE GENEVA CONFERENCE.
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