Time for new expectations, resolutions - President
The dawn of a New Year is a time for new expectations and
resolutions. We hope changes that would occur in this New Year will have
a favourable impact on the lives of all our people, President Mahinda
Rajapaksa said in a New Year message.
"There is the expectation that we would come closer to overcoming the
main problems that face us as a Nation. Our foremost wish this New Year
is success in the efforts to defeat terrorism in all its forms, bringing
more freedom and democracy to all Sri Lankans; and beginning new
processes for the sharing of power within a single, undivided country,
assuring equality to all," he said.
The President added: "We also look forward to greater economic
development that is equitably spread throughout the country to help
raise the living standards of our people, which would take our country
to a new threshold of progress, where the fruits of economic growth can
be shared by the widest sectors of our society.
I share with you the hope that the New Year will bring peace to our
country and build greater understanding and trust among our people; in a
society where tolerance and traditional values that have been the
strength of our society for centuries will prevail in the face of new
I wish you all a happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year."