PM calls for strong mandate to fight conspirators
Foreign nations should not meddle with the internal affairs of our
country. Sri Lanka has never interfered in the internal affairs of any
country, said Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka yesterday.
He said the people have the ultimate right to get involved in the
solution of any problem in the country. “We have established a very
strong diplomatic service which is entirely based on the principle of
non intervention of internal affairs of the host country.
He stressed that certain European countries are under the impression
that Sri Lanka is still a colony. He said that the European countries
should not teach us how to rule this country.
“We are an independent and sovereign nation and we have self respect
as a nation.
The Premier was speaking at an election rally at the Harendra Corea
grounds in Chilaw yesterday.
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka sought public support to form a strong
Government through which the conspiracies hatched by certain elements
locally and internationally can be defeated.
He said the Government will remove all impediments that stand in the
way to the country’s development after the UPFA’s landmark victory on
“We are determined to make effective changes in the country’s
electoral systems too, he added.
Former President J.R. Jayewardene introduced this electoral system to
ensure that no party can form a strong Government.
He said the Government requires a 2/3 majority in Parliament to
effect changes in the Constitution. “The enmity among the people will
further grow if this electoral system is allowed to persist in the
country,” he added. The Prime Minister said the Parliament which will be
formed after April 08 would give an ear to the public views when it
comes to the formulation of government policies.
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka added that the country would be brought
under an accelerated development drive after the General election and
this program has already been planned by the authorities.
He emphasized that the Government succeeded in eradicating terrorism
which retarded the country’s development for over three decades. He said
action would be taken against the proxies of the LTTE.
The Prime Minister added that the Government created an atmosphere
where people of all communities could live in peace.
“A strong Parliament is needed to face the challenges ahead of us.”
The impediments that stood in our way to development can only be removed
through a strong Parliament, he added.
The Premier said the UPFA wanted a strong mandate to negate the
various internal forces who are hatching conspiracies against the
country. He added that billions of rupees have flowed to the country
from various sources during the Presidential election and their
whereabouts are not known.