“Though the previous government delivered goods of high costs among the people in the North, there was no smile on their faces. But today when I go to North they welcome me with happiness and love in appreciation of the efforts of the government to build the reconciliation and coexistence by recognizing the rhythm of their hearts”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President made these remarks at the program ‘Sahithya Kalaa Rasa Vindada (Enjoying of Literature and Art)’ held today at the BMICH.
The program was organized as a National event to enhance the ability to enjoy the literature and art to help build unity among the communities. This was held parallel to the launch of the book ‘Adara Nil Menika Mihira Gee Kavi Saraniya’ of senior journalist Lakshman Piyasena.
Speaking further the President said that the message of reconciliation should be conveyed to the South rather than taking it to the North. “It is the responsibility of the people in the South to understand the reconciliation process to solve the problems of the people in the North and contribute to its implementation”.
He stated that more responsibilities should be fulfilled by the literates, artists and journalists to strengthen the reconciliation process in this country.
“Building reconciliation in the country cannot be done only by politicians. Religious leaders, artists, scholars and intellectuals should undertake that responsibility for a better future of the nation”, he said.
“To make this country a place where the people are living happily, the words ‘good governance’ and ‘reconciliation’ should become a reality. Though these words are laughed at and humiliated, the future of this country depends on the theoretical implementation of the good governance and the reconciliation,” the President further stated.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka and the Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana were also present at this occasion. (Colombo Gazette)