|Saturday, 10 August 2002|
Peace and economic progress a silver lining to N-E conflict - UC Member
by Ambalangoda Central Special Correspondent
Councillor J. L. M. Fernando said thousands of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people were killed and many of people were made homeless in the protracted separatist war waged by the LTTE. For several governments nothing was more challenging than the LTTE guerrilla war. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government have chosen the path of negotiation rather than confrontation in ending the conflict at the monthly meeting of the Ambalangoda Urban Council held on August 6.
He said the government and the LTTE have negotiated a truce under which peace is beginning to stabilize in the country.
A new era of peace and prosperity seemed to be about to dawn in Sri Lanka. Peace and economic progress are the silver lining of the North East civil war.
The Ambalangoda Urban Council hails the valiant and praiseworthy efforts of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and his government to conciliate the LTTE and restore peace in the motherland.
Councillors B. J. Wickramatilaka, and J. W. Jayantha also spoke eulogizing the Ranil Wickremesinghe Government for its strong commitment to peace. Chairman G. M. S. de Silva said as a leader Ranil Wickremesinghe's qualities are admirable. He praised his leadership. The Opposition group (PA) said it's too early to know the compromise agreement that would finally be reached. They said the outcome of the peace process should not pose a threat to the national unity, sovereignty and integrity of the country.
Chairman Ambalangoda UC G. M. S. de Silva said: In the past, occasions have not been uncommon where officials of Local Government bodies had encountered resistance and obstructions from unexpected quarters when fulfilling their respective legitimate functions for want of police assistance. Even though Local Government authorities seek the help of the police in such situations very often our efforts are to no avail as the police are unable to respond to our requests at the required moment on account of their hectic duty schedule. These are set-backs that delay our work programmes in the service of the public.
He said to overcome this problem Minister of Home Affairs Alick Aluvihare and Minister of Interior John Amaratunga take steps to ensure that a police officer from the nearest police station be assigned to each Local Govt institution to assist in matters that warrant direct police intervention.
The motion was passed unanimously.
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