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* Don't be pawns, Sri Lanka President tells country's youth
Tue, Nov 10, 2009, 09:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

"This is the time to take decisions intelligently"

Nov 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that he will not allow anyone to destroy the country, a nation liberated by the sacrifice of thousands of brave lives.

Speaking at a special function held this afternoon to open the Ruwanpura Technical Science Faculty, President Rajapaksa said there is a certain conspiracy in the country to topple the government at this moment.

Addressing the young technical students, the President urged them not to be pawns of any person as some political parties are attempting to use the country's youth core to attain their own political ambitions.

The President said he would protect the pride of brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the nation.

"This is the time to take decisions intelligently," the President added.

He asked the youth of the country to join hands and give him the support to develop the country.

Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Youth Affairs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, and Minister of Power and Energy John Senaviratne also participated in the ceremony.

(Pictures by Chandana Perera)

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