Masses have approved humanitarian mission to liberate North - Basil
Basil Rajapaksa, MP and Senior Advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa,
speaking to Asian Tribune said: “This Provincial Councils victory is the
verdict given by the people.
By this election, President has sought a mandate from the people for
the 32 months administration of the UPFA Government and they have
overwhelmingly endorsed it.
The Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka’s President said: “Our President has
asked for their verdict and requested whether they approve the
humanitarian war, what he is doing in the North and how its works for
liberating the people of the Northern Province and about the activities
we are undertaking to develop the local economy, giving priority to make
the country self sufficient in food and to produce everything in Sri
Lanka where we can produce.
Also to develop the villages, through the ‘Villages Awakening
Program’ and also on our harden resolve of not to sell any of the
government’s assets to foreigners by privatisation.”
We have asked for the mandate of the people, for what we have done in
the last 32 months and also to get the approval of our people, Rajapaksa
He said: “So we are very thankful to the people who voted for us and
also I take this opportunity to thank the Elections Commissioner, his
staff, all the GAs and Government officials, who have worked tirelessly
to have a free and fair election and also to the police and Army who
kept the peace during the two provincial council elections.
Rajapaksa said: “Also we thank specially the workers, farmers, and
all other voters, who approved this. I think the results have encouraged
all of us right from the President in the Government and the Government
as well as the Ministers will work harder in the future to achieve a
peaceful and prosperous nation.
He said that Provincial Councils’ election results have brought
encouragement for us, as well as to our brave soldiers for their
dedicated service they have done, as well as for their immense
“This was the only way left for the people to express their
appreciation and thanks to our great soldiers and the people have done
that. I hope all the ethnic groups in the country will jointly work
together as Sri Lankans to bring peace and development to our
When asked about the Northern Province where thousands of Internally
Displaced People in the Vanni areas are in a desperate position, he said
“we are doing our best to alleviate their sufferings and we are holding
several discussions regarding these humanitarian issues with the UN and
UN organisations, including the UNHCR and the World Food Organisations.
I think we have done everything humanly possible and the only problem
is shelter, because providing shelter is a difficult thing when the
people keep on moving from place to place. Our position is there are
enough stocks of food and medicine in the Vanni areas and it has been
well taken care of.
When Asian Tribune asked why the Government cant set up a safe
corridor for the IDPs trapped in the war zone in the Vanni region to
enter the government areas, Basil Rajapaksa said: “We are at present
taking this issue into serious consideration.
We are seriously discussing this with some UN organisations and with
the military to see whether it is possible to set up a safe corridor for
our people trapped in the Vanni to be safely moved out into the
When asked whether the LTTE who is holding the IDPs as human shield
is prepared to allow the people to safety he said “you must address this
question to Prabhakaran and the LTTE.
When asked whether there was any indication or anything that has been
indicated by the UN humanitarian organisations whether the LTTE would
not oppose the safe corridor passage for IDPs to enter safer areas under
the government, he said “no we have not discussed anything to that
effect with anyone.”