"After the successful conclusion of the 'humanitarian mission – 01', to liberate civilians held hostage by a terrorist outfit, it's time to launch 'humanitarian mission – 02', to get them back on track with their normal lives"

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Inaugural Session of the Presidential Committee
on Development and Reconciliation
Presidential Secretariat, Colombo
02 July 2009

MESSAGE FROM Former Minister Mr. Chandrasiri Gajadeera 

The hallmark of the era we are passing at the moment can easily be summed up in two words, peace and rehabilitation. The peace-loving unanimously contributed to establish peace in the year 2009 and are seeing the first light of rehabilitation. We are actively engaged in the process of rehabilitating the battered population of the north. And, simultaneously, we implemented a multifaceted and multiagency rehabilitation program to reintegrate 11, 696 Sri Lankans who were misguided and misled by the LTTE

Sympathy reigns the blessed era! Sri Lankan government's policy revolves round adopting an approach to rebuild the war-battered north. Societies hail their own customs, cultures and religions from time immemorial. And, in the light of such sentiments, cultural values are central in the rehabilitation process reawakening the hearts of our brethern. SL government's rehabilitation process essentially catches up the spiritual essence of the war-battered communities facing up the challenge of rehabilitation.

SL governement has always been extremely keen on the positive aspects of the rehabilitation process and, as a result, already, the majority of recipients have already relinquished feelings of hatred and discord. They have undergone a full cycle of transformation and channeled into mainstream, the peace-loving masses in democratic Sri Lanka. Now, they not only reject violence, but also renounce it. Moderation, co-existence and toleration have become themes underpinning their lives.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa proudly announced, "We all are Sri Lankans" at the dawn of peace last year. We, the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and other nationalities, blissfully shared the President's grand sentiments and now the beneficiaries of SL government's rehabilitation process, out brethern of the north and east, also share the same sentiment becoming champions of peace. They have already become proactive, working with the masses building bridges between the north and south. I take this opportunity to wish them all and continue with the masses under the banner, "Mother Sri Lanka".

Thank You,
Mr. Chandrasiri Gajadeera  ,
Former Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms - Sri Lanka