The Government will continue to defend Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by reaffirming the commitments to seek durable reconciliation and promote and protect human rights of all, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today.
He said the Government will ensure justice through the national system, in free and fraternal cooperation with experts of other nations going through similar transitions, based on Sri Lanka’s requirements.
He said the Government will also affirm the honor of the institutions of the army, navy and the air force, and project their professionalism including in UN peacekeeping missions, and increase their opportunities for collaboration with the best militaries in the world, by investigating allegations and prosecuting any abuse that may have taken place in accordance with the due process of the law.
Samaraweera said that nothing more and nothing less is what the Government is committed to do for all the people of Sri Lanka.
“We will, in this journey, work with the international community. They will be our partners as they have always been. They will also be our witness as well as supporters of this solemn undertaking, and they will tell our story so that others too in this world can learn from Sri Lanka’s example of reconciliation,” he said.
The Finance Minister said that the journey toward reconciliation will continue.
He said the people of Sri Lanka are tired of pessimists and compulsive liars and fear mongers.
The Minister says the people know that their future lies not in fear but in truth and that the economic prosperity of the nation depends on achieving sustainable peace, non-recurrence of conflict, strengthening the rule of law and democracy, and protecting and upholding the rights and dignity of all, and in working towards Sri Lanka’s goals together and in partnership with all the countries of the world and international organisations in which Sri Lanka is a member. (Colombo Gazette)