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* Sri Lanka not prepared to cave into pressure and betray independence - President
Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 01:31 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 31, Kalutara: Sri Lanka is no longer a dominated nation and it will not cave to external pressure and betray its independence, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

Addressing a ceremony held in St. Mary's college in Matugama today to distribute school equipment for the Year one students in the Kalutara district, the President said some countries are using many tactics to invade the country which was liberated by the war heroes with their utmost sacrifice.

Referring to the upcoming resolution at the UN Human Rights Council seeking a probe into alleged war crimes, the President said the United Nations is being exploited by some countries to change the government.

"Sri Lanka is no more a dominated nation. It has been able to eliminate terrorism once for all and to build up the nation within a shorter period of four years. No other country has achieved such a victory," the President said recalling that every day hundreds of deaths were reported during the conflict period due to terrorism.

"We ended explosions all over the country - for that we are made to face bombs in Geneva every six months," he added.

"It is unjustifiable only to talk about what happened in the last few days of the 30 years long war," the President remarked.

"There is no country in the world that has developed within a short period of four years since ending terrorism. Despite all these developments, queries are being made as to what happened during the last three days of the humanitarian operation," he said.

President Rajapaksa participating in distributing school bags and school gear to 2,000 children who gained Grade One admission this year from the Kalutara District symbolically handed over the supplies to 46 students.

The President also handed the keys of three buses gifted to the Kamburawala Maha Vidyalaya, Dodangoda Miriswatte Vidyalaya and the Bulalthsinhala National School.

Also the President declared open the new Matugama new Divisional Secretariat office complex this morning. He also took an observation tour in the Artificial Limb Manufacturing Plant, Awaaz Private Limited at Nagoda in Kalutara.

Ministers Kumara Welgama, Bandula Gunawardena, Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Deputy Minister Nirmala Kotlawala were also present at the occasions.

(Photos by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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