President decries false propaganda
Certain leaders who want to internationalise Sri Lanka’s domestic
problems without trying to solve them locally are trying to spread false
propaganda against the Government which eradicated terrorism that dogged
the country for three decades, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
The President addressed delegates of SLFP Women’s Organisations in
Matara and Hambantota districts at Medamulana yesterday.
Nearly 5,000 women delegates attended the meeting. The President who
thanked the delegates for their presence at short notice said the
mandate people had given him at the Presidential Elections had enabled
him to eradicate the terrorist menace.
The President who said the Government which could tackle terrorism
had the same capability to steer the country towards development and
progress said the Government formulated programs such as Mathata Thitha
because it loved the country and its people more than mere economic and
The Government would never hesitate to penalise racketeers bent on
corrupting society for their personal gain.
The Government always considered the Matara and Hambantota districts
as a single district because the massive number of votes cast by voters
in these two districts had enabled him to muster the majority needed to
become President at the last elections.
President Rajapaksa said 26,000 War Heroes laid down their lives to
protect the country during the anti-terrorist war.
More than 5,000 others were disabled in action. The honour for
liberating the country from terrorism should go to the War Heroes and
their commanders as well as to the mothers and wives who allowed their
children and spouses to join the Forces to defend their motherland.
Today certain interested parties were trying to frame war crime
charges against our heroic forces who saved the country from a savage
They were trying to do this by collecting false newspaper reports and
propaganda caused out by certain anti-national NGOs as evidence as well
as accounts inimical to the national interest given by certain political
leaders during visits abroad.
Therefore, Southern voters had a duty to teach these anti-national
forces and conspiratives a good lesson by ensuring a convincing victory
for the UPFA at the forthcoming election. A vote for the UPFA would tell
the world that the people endorsed the action taken by War Heroes to
liberate the country form terrorism and they would not allow any one to
summon them before a war crimes tribunal.
Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, Chamal Rajapaksa, Prof. G.L. Peiris,
Bandula Gunawardane, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Sumedha G. Jayasena,
Rohitha Abeygunawardane and Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Parliamentarian
Nirupama Rajapaksa and several UPFA candidates were present.