The progress on building reconciliation and national integration is not clearly visible as the physical development of a country, but surely we have made progress in the past few years. The country did not divide in the post Easter Sunday attacks.We united to face it. The extremism must be condemned in unity,” he said.“When we sang the national anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil on the Independence Day, we came under unfounded and harsh criticism.Those were unwanted problems. It was former Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake who asked to translate the national anthem to Tamil. What is wrong in saying that ‘we are children of one family’ in both Sinhala and Tamil?” he questioned.
The Prime Minister, who visited Jaffna over the weekend, pointed out that the results of reconciliation were more apparent during his latest visit compared to the situation in 2009/2010. “Our mandate in 2015 included building unity among different communities.While we integrate all to build a Sri Lankan identity, each of them must be able to live with dignity of their ethnicity and religion. We must accept that right. Most of the racial disputes are orchestrated,” he added. Pointing out that the Constitutional making exercise was difficult to be carried forward without two-thirds majority support in Parliament, the Prime Minister requested a fresh mandate to deliver on the promises of working out a political solution and abolishing Executive Presidency.