Let’s Tell The World, Yes We Can!

Help our nation to develop by accepting, recognizing, and respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country without interference in domestic affairs

Dissemination of fabricated stories about Sri Lanka is a regular occurrence which continues to cause irreparable damage. Consequently, the reputation of the country and its law-abiding citizens are being hampered by the various parties engaging in heinous acts with vested interests. Some have propagated a series of inaccurate news based solely on biased sources regarding the war against the LTTE. Sri Lanka launched defensive operations to save its people from the clutches of terrorists, the LTTE who ruthlessly engaged in ethnic cleansing, mass slaughter. This is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Throughout its history, Sri Lanka has stood for peace and unity by defending and promoting pluralism. Sri Lanka was one of the first nations to declare their maritime territory a peace zone. What Sri Lanka truly needs today is not interference in her domestic affairs, but regional and global cooperation to recognize the potential and unstinted support for national development while respecting mutual sensitivities.

As President Gotabaya Rajapaksa quite rightly pointed out in one of his national addresses, it is vital to reiterate the importance of the United Nations Charter which enshrines the protection of sovereignty, territorial integrity of States and non-interference in their domestic affairs.

Sri Lanka is currently going through a crucial period of social transformation. Sri Lanka has been able to effectively manage the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the world over in a way no other crisis or war has.

The country, without hesitation, implemented steps to repatriate large numbers of Sri Lankans from various countries to ensure their right to life. As a small nation, Sri Lanka has made great sacrifices to save Sri Lankans from this catastrophe while citizens in the world’s major powers were dying on the streets. Unfortunately, many are reluctant to speak well of this humanitarian mission. This may be due to the hesitance of some states and organizations to recognise the success of small nation-state such as Sri Lanka. History has told us some of the countries and organizations schemed to continue social instability in this country, so then it will make their pathway to interfere the internal affairs.

Every citizen of this country and anyone with a connection with this island has primary responsibility. That is, to ensure that there is no recurrence of any kind of social instability in this country.. We as a democratic nation have maintained different political views and beliefs. But we all belong to one motherland and we owe it to the next generation to leave behind a legacy that is respected and a future that is bright.

In recognizing the global trends to overcome the prevailing challenges, we need to equip our people with skills and empower them with global marketing values. A national program required for this national endeavour is already being implemented. The important thing is that as the late President of the United States once challenged, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

That is what we call, individual responsibility. When the country has more such responsible people it is easier to achieve national goals as it requires collectiveness. When an honest leader who thinks about the future of his country comes to power, the people of the country should forget the narrow political interests and instead rally for the common national good. This is why the current social transformative period Sri Lanka is going through is crucial. Let’s act before it’s too late. Let’s tell the world, Yes We Can!

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