CCC hails victory
The country is today celebrating the defeat of a 26-year long crusade
of terrorism by the LTTE and the liberation of our fellow Sri Lankans
forcibly held as a `human shield' over the last few months.
As all citizens should, we as a responsible Business Chamber express
our profound gratitude to the Government led by the President, to the
Defence Secretary, the Heads of the Armed Forces and the Police and the
heroic Servicemen for this magnificent achievement under difficult
We should, at this time of celebration, also remember the large
number of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces that have sacrificed their lives
or suffered serious injury in the discharge of their noble national
duties a release from the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) said .
It said this victory demonstrates the true capabilities of the people
of the country when provided with proper leadership and direction.
We have defeated a ruthless force which was widely believed to be
invincible. The President and his government, empowered by this
noteworthy victory, undoubtedly, will now turn their undivided attention
to the economic and social progress of the country.
Creating a conducive environment for all citizens of the country,
irrespective of race, religion or any other such differences, to live in
peace and harmony, with dignity, will continue to be a vital necessity.
This will be the only way to ensure that the quality of life for all
Sri Lankans will improve on a sustainable basis and also ensure that
causes of division and friction in Sri Lankan society will not hamper
national progress, ever again.
`We should also resolve to substantiate to the international
community, that some of them were, in the recent past, misled by vicious
propaganda and/or influenced by other domestic political pressures. We
need to convey that, as a country motivated by liberal religious
beliefs, we have, over a period of 26 years, addressed every possible
form of accommodation in our dealings with the LTTE, to no avail. It was
only as a last resort and for want of an alternative that the Government
was compelled to deal with them militarily, in order to finally achieve
conclusive results. For this perceptive judgement, President Mahinda
Rajapakse deserves all credit for his sagacious leadership.
`In this time of rejoicing, we wish to implore the Government to
obtain the support and assistance of the entire Sri Lankan Diaspora and
engage with willing countries in the resettlement of the displaced
citizens and, thereafter, in the infrastructure development of the
In all diplomatic initiatives towards this end, the private sector of
the country offers to play a key role by engaging with partner
organisations overseas to represent the true character, spirit and
values of this country, of which we are all justifiably proud'.