New Year dawns with hopes of prosperity, coexistence in our hearts: President
The year 2017 dawns with new hopes of prosperity, coexistence and reconciliation in our hearts. The twenty two million people of Sri Lanka look forward to an era of sustainability with a determination to alleviate poverty in all its forms, states President Maithripala Sirisena in his New Year message.
The message adds:” It is imperative that we overcome the challenges ahead of us. The progress of the human race was pioneered by people who faced challenges with confidence, utmost courage and determination amidst obstacles.
“Our goals could be achieved if we manage our work efficiently and productively, and do the right thing at the right time with unwavering commitment to serve the greater good o the people.
“The adverse effects of climate change show us the need to be prepared for weather uncertainties. “We have to be determined this year to live with nature and not above or against it.
“I wish all of you a prosperous new year in which the fruits of progress are distributed fairly and the aspirations of the people are fulfilled”.
Good Governance Govt. has achieved many milestones: PM
The message adds: “Yet undoubtedly, much needs to be done in our pursuit to be a fully fledged democracy that is also economically sound and socially empowered.
“The abolition of the 18th Amendment which cast a shadow of dictatorship and suppressed democracy, has been one of our greatest achievements during these two years.
We have also been able to transform the perceptions the international community held with regard to Sri Lanka, enabling the country to build strategic relationships with other countries.
“Dealing effectively with crimes against humanity, halting the wastage of public funds, minimizing corruption, establishing relevant commissions, finalising the Right to Information Act, ensuring freedom for all, easing the cost of living as loans overburden the economy, creating political stability while laying the foundation for economic development are among the achievements of the Government during these two years.
“As economic activity increases under Good Governance towards making Sri Lanka a viable destination, the Government is focused on empowering the people while encouraging co-existance and harmony between all communities.
“In the same vein, the Government seeks the co-operation of all Sri Lankans in defeating agendas that are aimed at disrupting Sri Lanka’s course set for success.
“Let this New Year be the one to usher in greater change, a greater vision and prosperity to all Sri Lankans. “Happy New Year”.
Work together to build prosperous and peaceful country:Opposition Leader
I extend my greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all citizens of Sri Lanka, states Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan in a New Year message.
The message adds: “2017 will be a crucial year in the history of our country. Our expectation, is that we should find a permanent and lasting solution to the national question. The new Constitution in the New Year, should bring about this achievement.
“While acknowledging diversity in our communities in several aspects, my appeal to all the people in this country is that we should strive hard to not let such diversity become a barrier to building a prosperous and peaceful country for our future generations. “I call upon all political parties, religious leaders, civil society and the people of this country to join hands in working together to build a prosperous and peaceful country. Let us not miss this golden opportunity in the coming year. “I wish you all a happy and a prosperous New Year”.