Written by Tharushan Fernando
10 Sep, 2016 | 10:13 pm
The United National Party, celebrated its 70th anniversary in Colombo on Saturday .The overarching theme of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the UNP was uniting the public towards a new nation.Party members from all corners of the country gathered at Campbell Park in Borella for the celebrations.
The 70th anniversary celebrations of the United National Party commenced with the arrival of Party Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Maithripala was a special invitee at the UNP anniversary celebrations.
A proposal on steering the party forward was also passed at the event.
“The late D.S.Senanayake spoke on building this country with the unity of the Sinhalese , Tamils and Muslims. Even after 70 years, we echo the need and importance of bringing unity and co-existence of the Sinhalese , Tamils and Muslims to build national reconciliation”,said the President
He went on to explain that it must be accepted that, even though this was spoken of 70 years ago, a solution has not been found yet.
He went on to note that the the party’s election manifesto clearly states that international influences will not be permitted to undermine the independence of the state and the people’s mandate. And a similar proposal was passed at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party convention in Kurunegala last Sunday and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party , both can stand by these statements and build this nations.
“We need to understand the gravity of the issues. Criticism made without any power can be termed as mere statements. However, as people with responsibilities we are committed to these tasks”, said the president
He finally drew a comparison to Anagarika Dharmapala who called for the Sinhalese to rise and called for all Sri Lankans to rise.
“We have never committed any acts of treason. We never entered into agreements with the LTTE or any terrorist movement in order to win a presidential election. I would rather lose than do something like that”, charged the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
He stated that some considered inking agreements with the LTTE is patriotic, while some say that inking an agreement with the UNP is an act of treason in a backdrop where one’s father was a founding member, but it is the people of the country who will decide who the patriot and who the traitor is.
The premier explained that the time when the country could have been moulded alone is no more.
“If we don’t unite and move forward fast, what will happen to this country? We must all come together”,said the Prime Minister and called for the casting aside of old animosities and for the ability to create a developed Sri Lanka – with a developed economy and society and thereby, the next generations will able to fulfill their personal aspirations.
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