President urges country to learn from past mistakes

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his New Year message, has urged the country to learn from past mistakes.

He said that Sri Lanka is facing a historically decisive time that provides the country an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and to take the correct path towards progress.

“The dawn of the New Year is an occasion to recollect our achievements and failures as well as gains and losses in the year that ended. Through retrospection, a person could make the future path of life fruitful and free of malice. We will be able to make our expectations a reality in the New Year if we reflect on the lessons learnt in the past years,” he said.

The President said that without merely being proud of Sri Lanka’s rich heritage that includes major irrigational achievements of miraculous magnitude, Sri Lanka must take its irrigational civilization to a new meaningful height.

“As the poet T.S. Eliot said, “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” This is a historically decisive time that provides us an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and to take the correct path towards progress. This is a time to win all those challenges as a person and as a nation,” he said.

President Sirisena said that the Year 2019 should be a broad future pathway with a clear perception to achieve discipline, reconciliation and prosperity.

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