Work in unison, President tells political parties
Help give real picture to the world
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday appealed to all
political parties to work in unison to resolve the current critical
situation in the country and to give the real picture of the country to
the world which has encountered the wrong image created by certain
foreign media internationally on the current situation.
Addressing representatives of all political parties at the All Party
Conference at the Presidential Secretariat, President Rajapaksa pledged
that he would take all steps to resolve the current critical situation
in a transparent and responsible manner.
He said he would discuss all measures that must be taken to resolve
the country's current situation with all political parties as he did
earlier in the process of continuing negotiations with the LTTE.
President Rajapaksa said the country was now at a critical juncture
where the Ceasefire Agreement has been severely violated and the joint
statement at Geneva - 1 was totally ignored.
"As a responsible Government we oppose any form of brutal killing by
any organisation whether it could be the LTTE or any other organisation,"
"We should also bring to the notice of the international community
the fact that the LTTE has used a pregnant mother to carry the suicide
attack to assassinate the Army Commander", he added.
President Rajapaksa also said the response from the international
community towards the action taken by the Government was a great
"The international community's response towards the steps taken by
the Government has given the strength to us," he said.
The President said certain media organisations were trying to give a
bad picture about the current situation of the country and political
parties should be extremely cautious on this situation.
President Rajapaksa also thanked all political parties for their
responsible behaviour in face of the situation that arose in the country
within the past few weeks.
"All political parties should act in a responsible manner to avert
any unfortunate situation in the country following the attempt by a LTTE
suicide cadre to assassinate the Army Commander", the President added.
He said it is the responsibility of all political parties to work in
unison to create a peaceful atmosphere for all ethnic groups to live
without any fear.
President Rajapaksa said as the door to peace was very narrow, every
step should be taken very carefully.
"We all should act intelligently when entering through the door of
peace in our effort to bring peace to the country," the President said.
All political parties representing Parliament except the TNA were