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Business and trade chambers hail victory over LTTE


The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) in a statement this week praising the government’s resolve to defeat terrorism, urged the government to invite the Sri Lankan Diapora to help rebuild the country.
The CCC expressed its “profound gratitude to the government led by the President, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, the Heads of the Armed Forces and the Police and the heroic Servicemen for this magnificent achievement under difficult circumstances.’

“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,” the statement said.

“The President together with his government, empowered by this noteworthy victory, undoubtedly, will now turn their undivided attention to the economic and social progress of the country,” it said, adding “creating a conducive environment for all citizens of the country, irrespective of race, religion and any other such differences, to live in peace and harmony, with dignity, will continue to be a vital necessity.”

It said, “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, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa deserves all credit for his sagacious leadership.”

Chambers Federation congratulates President, commanders on war success

Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) President Kosala Wickramanayake this week congratulated President Mahinda Rajapakse, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse and commanders of the three armed forces for liberating the nation from ‘the cruel grips of terrorism’.

In a statement, he appealed to the international community and donor agencies to assist the government in the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). “All the communities lived in harmony prior to 1983 and should (now) be resettled in the North & East as early as possible,” he said.

CCI offers help in rebuilding

The Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI), joined other Sri Lankan chambers this week in celebrating the end to the war and said if not for the ‘astute and determined leadership’ of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it wouldn’t have been possible.

CCI President Surath Wickramasinghe, while also congratulating the defence secretary, and the commanders of the armed forces and the Police chief, noted that the chamber offers its fullest cooperation to the reconstruction and rehabilitation activities of the government. “We are in a position to mobilize the multi -disciplinary resources to assist the Government to fast track the resettlement of IDPs and provide training in construction crafts,” he said.

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