The President’s office quoted the President as saying the media had a duty to engage in constructive criticism, highlight peoples aspirations and the government’s development for the greater good of the people, without engaging in slander which could spawn hatred and divisions.
He also said that in finding solutions to whatever issues the country faces, the government would always look for home-grown methods, which meet the aspirations and needs of the people.
President Rajapaksa said that solutions to country’s problems should come from within based on dialogue and understanding and stressed that he and the government were always prepared to listen and were open for discussion to resolve any issues on behalf of the people.
The President said that this was not the time for divisive politics but for unity to uphold the people’s trust by improving their living standards and ensuring them a better and prosperous future. This is the responsibility of all politicians, he added
He urged all Sri Lankans, irrespective of differences, to stand united to achieve equity in both the country’s and people’s development.