- Published on Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:10
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said protection of human rights is not alien to Sri Lankans and inspired by Buddhist teachings Sri Lankans have a tradition of protecting and safeguarding human rights for more than 2,500 years.
The President made these comments addressing the Puttalam district special Development Committee meeting at Madampe yesterday. He said Sri Lankans have been protecting human rights since the introduction of Buddhism to the country.
The President emphasized that no foreign intervention will be allowed and no one can meddle in the internal affairs of the country.
The President invited all to join hands to develop the country and fulfill their obligations. He said the government has taken every possible step to strengthen the bonds among the people while safeguarding human rights.
The President advised politicians to perform their responsibilities with diligence and without political considerations or politically motivated targets. He said that every politician and government official is duty bound to stand for the country while extending his utmost contribution to the development and betterment of the country.
He said that the public servants should lend a keen ear to issues forwarded by the people, and such issues should be addressed with great dedication and in a friendly manner.
Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Milroy Fernando, Priyankara Jayarathne, Bandula Gunawardena, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Daya Sritha Tissera, Johnston Fernando, North Western Province Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe, Secretary to President Lalith Weeratunga and Finance Ministry Secretary P.B.Jayasundara also participated at this special meeting. (niz+)