SAARC Summit to bring immense benefits - Information and Media
COLOMBO: The SAARC Summit will be of immense benefit to all countries
in the region, especially Sri Lanka which holds and enjoys extremely
good bilateral relationships with all SAARC countries, observed Media
and Information Minister and Government Media Spokesperson Anura
Priyadarshana Yapa at the weekly Cabinet briefing at the Government
Information Department Auditorium in Narahenpita yesterday.
Minister Yapa said that despite the baseless and low-level criticism
from certain quarters with vested interests, the proposed SAARC summit
will pave the way for the SAARC countries to discuss at length and come
into consensus and understanding on diverse issues of mutual interest.
The agreements to be inked at the summit between the SAARC countries
in the region which covers a vast zone in business, security and other
burning issues of the world, will be of tremendous benefit and
significance, especially for a small country as Sri Lanka.
“The array of the characteristic criticism which comes from certain
groups was anticipated and is inevitable.
In 1976 too, when the Non- Aligned summit was to be held in Colombo,
the same criticism and flak was hurled at the Government by the same
parties, despite the fact that Sri Lanka was to reap immense benefits by
A little bit of inconvenience may be caused to the people, but it
will be limited only to two days,” he said.
He categorically stated that Sri Lanka was galloping forward in all
fronts victoriously, and had launched mega infrastructural and
development projects for the future well-being of the nation.
Sri Lanka was receiving unprecedented international aid from all
corners of the globe due to the popularity and the good name of our
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“Sri Lanka is not a ‘failed state’ or moving in that direction as
alleged by certain quarters. We will achieve landslide victories with
thumping majorities, in all the future elections”, Minister Yapa
Fielding questions from the media on the inking of the controversial
CEPA , Minister Yapa noted that the signing of the said agreement is yet
to be finalised, and will be subjected to further consultation and
dialog with the relevant officials and parties.
Refuting certain allegations from various parties who claim that the
‘bringing-in’ of armed personnel to the country, to protect their
respective leaders, was an under-estimation to the Sri Lankan Armed
Forces, Minister Yapa pointed out that such a practice was an
universally accepted norm in such situations.
“They are only here to protect their own leaders,” he added.