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No reprieve for Easter attackers, Bond Scammers - President

No room for extremism, corruption:
Economic hubs will not be sold to foreign entities:
Governance according to Buddhist teachings:
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the Nation at the 73rd Independence Day Celebrations held at the Independence Square yesterday.  Pictures by President’s Media Division.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the Nation at the 73rd Independence Day Celebrations held at the Independence Square yesterday. Pictures by President’s Media Division.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pledged in his Independence Day address yesterday that there would be no escape from justice for those who perpetrated the Easter Sunday attacks and the Central Bank Bond Scam.

President Rajapaksa told the Nation that he had advised the Attorney General’s Department to swiftly act upon matters that have caused great concern to the public, including the Easter Sunday bomb attacks and the Central Bank Bond Scam.

While giving a solemn pledge not to allow extremism to raise its head again in this country, he said, “I have now received the final report of the Presidential Commission appointed to inquire into the Easter Sunday Attacks. I have already given instructions to implement its recommendations. Simultaneously, taking into account the recommendations of the previous Parliament’s Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security, action will be taken against all parties involved in this tragedy. We will not allow those responsible for designing and enabling this tragedy to escape justice.”

“I am the leader that you searched for. I will discharge the responsibility you have entrusted to me, with commitment and dedication,” President Rajapaksa added.

President Rajapaksa firmly vowed to meet the challenges ahead of establishing national security, achieving true reconciliation amongst various communities of the nation, and building a strong economy that can deliver sustainable economic development and eliminate poverty.

While paying his respects to all the leaders from the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher and other sections of the population who made various sacrifices, the President noted that he will govern the country in accordance with Buddhist teachings. “Within the Buddhist philosophic tradition of peaceful coexistence which gives due respect to all religions and ethnicities, every person in this country irrespective of his or her ethnic or religious identification has the right to enjoy the freedom as equals under the nation’s legal framework.”

He stressed that 6.9 million people elected him as President to provide the leadership needed to re-establish national security and overcome the many challenges facing the country in accordance with the policies articulated in his vision statement “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”.

“Throughout history, strong civilizations were built and nations developed by those who worked on targets by looking positively towards the future. At this juncture, our nations’ development requires precisely that kind of vision,” emphasised the President.

The policy of not selling national economic hubs to foreign entities remains unchanged, the President stressed. Exports as well as foreign investments will be enhanced. There will be no room in his administration for waste and corruption.

Measures will be taken to change the outdated laws and regulations that affect the general public as well as the domestic and foreign companies said the President adding that majority of the people who supported him at the Presidential election did so to fulfill common needs.

“What we require today is the support of citizens with a positive vision, who love their country, who contribute to society, and who do not make unfair criticism but offers practical solutions to the issues we face. I request all citizens to think positively and join with us to build a better future for all our children,” the President remarked.