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Thursday, 24 January 2002  
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Government - Gazette

Sunday Observer

Budusarana On-line Edition

Peace and progress PMs aim

by Kamburupitiya group correspondent

What is needed today is to work and not mere talking. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's aim is to bring peace to the country and develop it so as to solve the burning problems of the people. All development activities now undertaken will be implemented parallel to the 100 day accelerated development programme of the Government, said the Minister of Fisheries, Ocean Resources and Deputy Minister of Southern Development, Mahinda Wijesekara.

Mr. Wijesekara was speaking at a public meeting held at Beralapanatara following a tour he made in the Deniyaya electorate.

The Minister also said that it is the intention of the Government to stop the war and bring peace to the country and also to create an environment in which people of every nationality could live without fear and freely go either to the North or South. Nobody should have any fear about sending some food or medicine to the North and that the Government's intention is to safeguard the just rights of the Tamil community, but that it would not allow room for creating an 'Eelam'.

He said the last PA Government only spoke of development. So we had to leave that Government and form the United National Front to render some service to the people. The recent General Election conducted under the PA Government was not a just one. The unarmed innocent voters however rejected them and voted the UNF to power.

The present Government would tackle the unemployment problem of the youth in the Matara district systematically.

SPC member, Siri Wijewickrema and Miss Karuna Gamage, Opposition Leader, P. S. Pasgoda and several others spoke.

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