- Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:34
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The youth of this country should forge links with their counterparts in other communities and no youth should feel that they are being discriminated. The government is empowering the youth to ensure that upheavals such as ones that destroyed the nation will never happen in the future.
This was stated by the Hambantota district Parliamentarian and Tharunyata Hetak Organization Chairman Namal Rajapaksa delivering the key note address at the national conference on the role of youth in reconciliation, organized by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies Wednesday (02).
Rajapaksa emphasized that youth are the lifeblood of a country and the perceptions they carry into their adulthood will determine whether a nation will prosper or not. He said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has allocated Rs. one billion for the implementation of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations this year and that majority of LLRC recommendations will be implemented this year.
He said that all Sri Lankans irrespective of their racial and other petty differences should desire a united and harmonious Sri Lanka. He pointed out that creating a Sri Lankan nation under one flag and with one objective is the goal of this government, and that the government is committed and dedicated to treat all Sri Lankans equally with no discrimination.
Recalling President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s pronouncement after ending the war that hereafter there will be no majority or minority and all will be Sri Lankans, the MP said that there will not be discrimination against anyone just because a person does not belong to the majority community.
He also warned the youth not to become prey to the vicious campaigns being mooted by certain politically motivated groups to divide the nation on ethnic and religious grounds and shatter peace and harmony existing in the country.
The Head of the Internantional Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research Singapore Prof Rohan Gunaratna also spoke at this function which was also attended by members of the diplomatic corps. (niz)