President Maithripala Sirisena says his Government will give priority for reconciliation, six years following the end of the war.
Speaking at the war heroes commemorative event in Matara today, the President said that following the end of the war a lot was done to rebuild damaged infrastructure but not damaged hearts and lives of the people.
He said that while development following the war is important, the development process must go hand-in-hand with reconciliation.
President Sirisena also said that his Government will ensure terrorism does not raise its head in Sri Lanka once again and that a strong National security plan was in place.
Sirisena also said that the role played by the security forces to bring peace to Sri Lanka is priceless and will never be forgotten.
The President also warned the public to be mindful of extremist forces who are attempting to divide the communities in the country.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was President at the time the war ended, did not attend the Matara event and it was reported that he had not been invited.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and members of the Government and opposition as well as the diplomatic community attended the Matara event. (Colombo Gazette)