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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

President Rajapaksa draws attention to major issues

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address to the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. Highlighted the major issues facing the world. Terrorism, food scarcity and food security for all nations were some of the critical issues facing the world today. President Rajapaksa told the General Assembly a year ago that his Government would face the terror threat boldly. He achieved great success. This year he is urging all nations to continue that fight and also tackle the dwindling economic resources faced by the world.

His message was very clear. There was an opportunity for the international community to play a vital role in breaking the cycle of conflict by focusing on development. Many commentators had pointed out the government, under the leadership of President Rajapaksa, have not only liberated innocent Eastern civilians from the LTTE terror rule but have also restored democracy. They pointed out that the Government has not only resettled nearly 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the East but also restored democracy after 14 years. Development work is now in full swing as the people in the area have started contributing to the national economy.

Many speakers pointed out and emphasized that State sovereignty, civil society and the rule of law speakers were being increasingly threatened by terrorism and other illegal activities in many countries. The international community should be vigilant about these activities and keep a sharp eye at all times.

Apart from Sri Lanka, many member states of the UN have faced havoc caused by brutal terrorism which has stretched its tentacles to many corners of the globe. Be it in New York, London, New Delhi, and Islamabad, Colombo or any other city, terrorist attacks threaten the democratic way of life. All peace-loving and loyal people must squarely condemn it unreservedly. Many turn a blind eye to the LTTE's terror acts against innocent civilians. Nevertheless, these people react differently to an isolated incident or concocted LTTE story.

The Security Forces are about to liberate the Wanni and Mullaitivu districts. Innocent civilians in those two districts, who are now being kept as human shields, should be rescued from the LTTE. Though many INGOs try to paint a dismal picture on the resettlement process, the Government has the expertise and a proven track record to resettle the IDPs within months, according to many observers.

Said one representative from Asia, to achieve peace, the Government needs the support and assistance of the international community and backing from the UN. If they are sincerely interested in protecting human rights and contribute to the well-being of the people in the North and the East, they should join hands with the Government. Whenever the LTTE terrorists and their sympathizers are disillusioned, they use human rights as an effective weapon to discredit the Government.

-Asian Tribune-

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