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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Peace Quest Deserves the Nobel Prize

By Keith Amarasiri in Long Beach

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s peace quest deserves recognition. The Asian Tribune made a noteworthy statement when it boldly advocated the Nobel Peace Prize for President Rajapaksa. The recipients of this great award were personalities who did not fear to take bold steps in the name of peace. After a bitter war in Vietnam Henri Kissinger advocated peace. After the US-Afghanistan war Jimmy Carter sought peace and later brought about an accord between Egypt and Palestine. President Rajapaksa defended Sri Lanka militarily because he had to fend off terrorist attacks. He never took his eye off the goal of achieving peace. He brought piece to the Eastern province with grace. He will do so in the North too.President Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown that the restoration of ethnic harmony all over the island is possible, and furthermore that a workable model of devolution within a unitary system might also be possible. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown that the restoration of ethnic harmony all over the island is possible, and furthermore that a workable model of devolution within a unitary system might also be possible.

Mahinda Rajapaksa never doubted the meaning of diplomacy. International observers like the Prime Minister of England, Gordon Brown had given a confidence vote on Sri Lanka despite the smear campaign carried out by various elements to blacken the image of the country. This is due solely to the efforts of President Rajapaksa who went undaunted in pursuit of peace.

The peace quest is linked to the Mahinda Chintanaya. It has received the stamp of approval by the lovers of peace all over the world. It is the blue print of Sri Lanka and also indicative of the positive social indices that influence people watching Sri Lanka.

It has identified a wide gamut of areas for bringing peace to the country, targeting rehabilitation to war torn areas, improving education, health and social safety nets and environmental protection. The Peace Prize is meant for such noble efforts.

President Rajapaksa emphasized a broad development thrust with particular emphasis on peace and equitable development among all segments of Sri Lanka society. The international community’s gesture in recognizing that peace dawned in the East was due to the Rajapaksa policies. It resulted in an investment drive in that province. The World Band responded positively even though it had been portrayed as being unfriendly to Sri Lanka by vested interests.

This is clearly an endorsement of the path pursued by the Rajapaksa Government. It has also exploded the theory floated by certain elements that the ongoing military operations had hampered the aid flow to the country. Sri Lanka did not start the war. It wanted to end it as soon as possible.

The largesse of goodwill now merging is a sign that peace is round the corner. Peace targets are attainable and Rajapaksa government is bent on achieving peace within a short period of time. Let us hope that the action by the World Bank will prove a catalyst for more aid flowing to the country and expedite the peace process.

Mahinda Rajapaksa has followed a diplomatic route. His diplomacy had been true to people’s interest at all times. He had exhibited versatility, flexibility, sound judgment and statesmanship skills.

The assumption of office as Eastern Province Chief Minister by the TMVP’s Chanthrakanthan, formerly known as Pillaiyan brought peace to a region devastated by terrorism. Chief Minister struck the right note in his inaugural speech when he proclaimed that he looked forward to restoring ethnic harmony in the EP and making it another Singapore.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has shown that the restoration of ethnic harmony all over the island is possible, and furthermore that a workable model of devolution within a unitary system might also be possible. All of that would amount to a gigantic leap towards the solution of Sri Lanka’s ethnic problems. Let the world recognize what President Rajapaksa had achieved.

- Asian Tribune -

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