Take a sprightly step into the
One of the most
memorable moments during the presentation on security and
kindred issues facing Sri Lanka, made by Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for Heads of media organizations and
newspaper editors on Wednesday at the Defence Ministry, was when
he emphasized the need for Sri Lanka to march boldly into the
future. This is timely advice indeed, given that the outcome in
Geneva has not been up to this country's expectations.
Taking on a question from the audience he said that there was
absolutely no need for 'investigations' of any kind on issues
thrown up particularly by the final stages of the conflict. Such
a demand was wrong in principle, he pointed out. For, Sri Lanka
has a legitimate and constitutionally sanctioned government and
the latter had done what was expected of it through its actions
on the security front. 'Let's look forward', the Defence
Sri Lanka needs to think on these things at the present
juncture, when it is up against some challenges in the
international sphere. It would seem that those sections of the
international community which were straining every sinew and
nerve to use the UNHRC to bring this country to heel, are for
deliberately overlooking Sri Lanka's achievements in the area of
domestic normalization and national reconstruction.
In fact, the Defence Secretary was clear on the point that
Sri Lanka had left no stone unturned to reveal to the
international community what Sri Lanka has achieved on 'the
ground', in terms of North-East reconstruction and rejuvenation.
Every foreign notable who visited Sri Lanka was shown these
clear pluses. Yet, they were insisting on Sri Lanka being
subjected to 'accountability' processes. It would seem that the
international community is not trusting its own eyes on these
It is for these reasons that the Lankan state is tending to
believe that the relevant sections of the international
community are in a destructive mindset as regards Sri Lanka.
Apparently, these sections are in a desperate attempt to
disempower and undermine Sri Lanka and they are trying every
trick in the bag to further this dark design. Going by the
record, there is substance in this reasoning.
In the face of these challenges, Sri Lanka would do well to
continue to move in sprightly fashion into the future. Lapsing
into despondency would prove fatal for this country, for, that
is exactly what its enemies are trying to achieve. We need to
win more and more allies and ensure that those who are thus won
remain with us. Concurrently, our bridges of amity and
cooperation with the like-minded in the international community
must be progressively strengthened. As we have right along
urged, the organizations and pressure groups of the developing
world must be revived and energized to meet the challenges
facing us. As we have always said, it is time for Third World
groupings, such as, the Non-aligned Movement, to prove their
worth once again.
While attending to these chores on the international front,
Sri Lanka needs to boldly go ahead with its good work in the
domestic arena. Now more than ever before, national unity must
be strengthened and sustained. Bonds of fraternity among our
communities must be strengthened and energized continuously.
Every local political force should guard against the grave
blunder of flinging divisive slogans which would stir and rouse
to flames, base human instincts. Communal amity must be
nourished continually and sustained, come what may.
Simultaneously, national reconstruction and development must
be persisted with. We need to add to the pluses and positives
which we have already acquired. Equitable growth should remain
our prime aim with regard to material advancement because it is
in this goal that permanent stability and contentment lies.