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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589

Let us dedicate this year to achieve peace – President

Colombo, 01 December, (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapakse addressing the public servants at the President's Office on the occasion of the New Year appealed to everybody to work together to achieve peace, to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and to liberate it from the clutches of terrorism. Mahinda Rajapakse: The dawn of a New Year is a time for new expectations and resolutions." Mahinda Rajapakse: The dawn of a New Year is a time for new expectations and resolutions."

He called for more dedication on the part of public servants and requested them to uphold the dignity of the public service.

Our foremost wish this New Year is success in the efforts to defeat terrorism in all forms, bringing more freedom and democracy to all Sri Lankans; and beginning new processes for the sharing of power within a single, undivided country, assuring equality to all said President Mahinda Rajapakse in a New Year message.

We also look forward to greater economic development that is equitably spread throughout the country to help raise the living standards of our people, which would take our country to a new threshold of progress, where the fruits of economic growth can be shared by the widest sectors of our society, President added.

Full text of the message:

The dawn of a New Year is a time for new expectations and resolutions. We hope changes that would occur in this New Year will have a favorable impact on the lives of all our people.

There is the expectation that we would come closer to overcoming the main problems that face us as a nation. Our foremost wish this New Year is success in the efforts to defeat terrorism in all forms, bringing more freedom and democracy to all Sri Lankans; and beginning new processes for the sharing of power within a single, undivided country, assuring equality to all.

We also look forward to greater economic development that is equitably spread throughout the country to help raise the living standards of our people, which would take our country to a new threshold of progress, where the fruits of economic growth can be shared by the widest sectors of our society.

I share with you the hope that the New Year will bring peace to our country and build greater understanding and trust among our people; in a society where tolerance and traditional values that have been the strength of our society for centuries will prevail in the face of new challenges ahead.

I wish you all a happy, prosperous and peaceful New Year

Mahinda Rajapakse

January 01, 2008

- Asian Tribune -

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