President slams attempts to interfere

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the nation during the 65th Independence Day celebrations in Trincomalee today, criticized attempts by some countries to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

Reading out from the UN Charter, the President said that every nation has a right to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He also said that the best way his government responds to allegations from some countries is to invite their leaders to visit Sri Lanka and see firsthand the post war situation.

Later, speaking in Tamil, the President urged Tamils not to fall prey to the false propaganda of the Tamil Diaspora.

He also assured that he will not leave room for the country to be divided by creating a religious or racial rift. The President called on all communities to live together with equal rights.

He also said that the opposition in Sri Lanka has a responsibility to protect the independence of the nation.

President Rajapaksa, meanwhile, said the country will continue with its non-aligned foreign policy and strengthen it’s ties with non-aligned nations. (Colombo Gazette)