South must unite to find 'marketable' solution to national question
The biggest challenge the country faces today is finding a solution
to the national question for which successive Governments failed, Prime
Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said.
President Mahinda Rajapakse's government determined to make a fresh
bid on a new vision to find a 'marketable' solution to the problem in a
pragmatic manner by first reaching a consensus among political parties
of the South of a possible solution to the problem. Such a consensus
would greatly facilitate in reaching a solution at future peace talks,"
the Prime Minister told a meeting at Ingiriya in Horana.
The ceremony was to distribute student scholarships under "Sipdora"
Programme to 65 children of Samurdhi Recipients organised by the
Samurdhi Development Ministry at the Ingiriya Pradeshiya Sabha Office.
Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi
Horana SLFP Chief Organiser Vidura Wickramanayaka was also present.
The Prime Minister said President Rajapakse looks at the problem in a
pragmatic and realistic manner and attempted to find a solution by
taking into consideration the ground realities.
"He is now holding talks separately with parties represented in
Parliament to arrive at an understanding on a common approach. If we try
to unilaterally put forward a solution that would not succeed. We would
agree only to a solution agreed to by all parties which could be
marketable and acceptable to Parliament," Wickramanayaka said.
The Prime Minister said the previous President brought many
constitutions but failed to make it acceptable to Parliament.
"We will have to learn lessons from those past experiences. Certain
parties change their stances at various times. It is for this reason
that we are trying to discuss the problem with all parties to make them
shift from their positions and arrive at an agreeable uniform solution.
We cannot solve problems by adopting a kettata polla attitude," he said.
The Prime Minister said the present Budget has brought many benefits
to the poor. Wickramanayaka congratulated the Samurdhi Minister for the
various programmes launched for Samurdhi beneficiary families.
He said the second biggest challenge facing the Government is to
relieve the people from their economic hardships and help lead a life
without fear or favour, have a house of their own and lead self reliant
"But these facilities are yet to be realised by the people.
The Government has chartered a definite path to relieve the people of
these burdens and all sections of the people should give their full
backing to the President in this endeavour," the Prime Minister said. He
said schools and temples should take the lead in leading the younger
generation towards a disciplined and value based society upholding moral
values and dignity.
"Today there is evidence that there is harassment of family members
due to fathers being drunk. It should be the duty of parents to veer
children away from vices which had become a menace. The school and the
temple should take the lead in leading the children towards respecting
age-old traditions and values," the Prime Minister said.