Aug 19, Nuwara Eliya: The government is focused on developing the country as a whole without discriminating on ethnic, religious, political party or other differences and the only way to resolve the problems of the country is by conducting talks within the country and not in foreign lands, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Monday.
Addressing a ceremony held at the opening of the second stage of the Gregory Lake Park project in the scenic central hill town of Nuwara Eliya today, the President said the government is fulfilling the requirements of every ethnic group and party affiliations are never considered when addressing peoples' needs.
He said that he is prepared to resolve the problems through discussion in a democratic manner as conflicts would never pave the way to resolve any problems and emphasized the need to develop rural areas through close collaboration with the government.
The President said that his government is implementing development programs considering the future needs of the country.
The President today opened the second stage of the Gregory Lake Park project completed at a cost of Rs. 40 million by the Economic Development Ministry to create a Green City.
The President also opened the newly constructed building complex of the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council this morning. The three-storied multipurpose building has been built at a cost of Rs. 110 million under the infrastructure development project of the local government bodies.
Ministers C.B. Rathnayake, Navin Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Muttu Sivalingam, Governor of Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, District Secretary D.P.G. Kumarasiri and Nuwara Eliya Mayor Mahinda Dodampegamage were present at the occasion.
Later in the afternoon, the President participated in the 85th anniversary of the Siri Buvanekaba Maha Pirivena in Gampola. The President honored the present director of the Pirivena Venerable Niyangamdora Vimalajothi Thero as the Sanghanayake of Udapalatha.
The Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne also participated in the occasion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)