Terrorists are defeated physically, but not ideologically – president Terrorists are defeated physically, but not ideologically – president
May 09, 2018

President focused on defeating ‘terrorist ideology’ in past 3 yrs Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena says he had been working in the past three years of his administration, with the support of the international community, to defeat the Tamil nationalist ideology, also described as terrorist ideology.

Addressing the eighth parliament at the commencement of its second session yesterday (08), he said terrorists might have been defeated physically, but that they were yet to be routed ideologically, according to radiogagana.com.

President Sirisena did not explain as to whether those attempts by him in the past three years had been a success.

A political solution

He admitted the need for a political programme with the consent and the agreement of the people towards a political solution to fulfill aspirations of the Tamil people.

The president noted that national reconciliation was the foundation of a stable country, for which mechanisms for taking political decisions based on equality were required.

He said he believed the strengthening of the provincial councils system was required in that regard.

He also said that all would admit, although with criticism, that the people’s main request when granting the mandate to the present government for making society democratic, humanistic and accountable has been fulfilled.

Main challenges

The president said reestablishing democracy and supremacy of the law, building trust and unity among the communities, reviving the economy from its debt trap as well as winning back international acceptance have been achieved.

However, much more remains to be done, he said.

He did not evaluate the role of the UNP in the government, but expressed concern about the failures of the government consisting of parties with different visions.

The president said the parties in the unity government needed to change their ways to ensure unity and constant dialogue among them.