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All must live as one family - President

'Sri Lanka is not a big country to divide into several parts as other countries':

Sri Lanka is not a big country to divide into several parts as other countries. People in all parts of the country, including the North and East should live together, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.

"The people in all parts of the country including the North and East should shed narrow political ideologies and live together as a single country," the President said.

He said the government led by him has taken serious efforts to restore democracy in the Northern and Eastern provinces by holding local Government election, Parliament election and Presidential election and arrangements are in place to hold the Provincial Council election in the Northern province.

"No country, where this type of conflict prevailed, was able to heal the wounds of the people and restore normality as fast as Sri Lanka," he said.

The President was speaking at the handing over of compensation to residents of the Northern province affected due to violence.

The programme was jointly organised by the Rehabilitation Authority and the Prisons Reforms and Rehabilitation Ministry.

Over 712 persons whose family members were killed in violence in the province received compensation from the President while 236 persons whose properties were destroyed due to the conflict also received compensation.

Compensation was also granted to places of religious worship in the province. Compensation worth Rs. 900 million were distributed among them yesterday.

The ministry granted compensation worth Rs. 500 million to families affected by violent activities in the province so far while over 1,000 people will receive compensation by the end of this year.

President Rajapaksa said a number of countries faced this type of violence, but Sri Lanka is the only country where compensation was granted to the people affected by violence.

"We are proud of developing the country within a very short span of time," he said.

He said the government launched a massive programme to heal the wounds of the people affected by terrorism and promote reconciliation.

President Rajapaksa said people in all parts of the country were affected by terrorism that engulfed the nation for more than 30 years.

He said the government led by him succeeded in creating an environment in which people of all communities could live in peace and harmony through eradication of terrorism.

The students in the North and East can pursue their school and university education now. The government has rebuilt the infrastructure facilities devastated by the terrorists in these areas, the President said.

He said life in the North and East has returned to normal.

President Rajapaksa said the government took tremendous efforts to demine areas dotted with landmines and booby traps.

Prisons Reforms and Rehabilitation Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera, Jaffna District Parliamentarian Chandrakumar Murugesu, Rehabilitation Authority Chairman G.A. Samarasainghe and Senior Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana were also present.


 

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