Let not one take notice of faults of other’s-Let one be concerned only about what one has done SRI LANKA PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AT CHOGM 2013
Posted on November 16th, 2013

Ladies & Gentlemen,

A warm welcome, to the opening ceremony of the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. It is my pleasure to welcome to Sri Lanka, Your Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, fellow Commonwealth Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, spouses of visiting dignitaries, delegates and special invitees.

Your Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, representing the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, – is no stranger to Sri Lanka. In fact, Your Royal Highness-â„¢s Trust has funded several on-going social development projects here. I am sure Your Royal Highness will carry pleasant memories of this visit to our country.

Hosting this Meeting is a historic occasion for Sri Lanka, and also a tribute to Asia, as CHOGM returns to this region after 24 years. As one of the eight founding members of the modern Commonwealth, Sri Lanka is deeply honoured to host this event.

I am extremely thankful to all of you who have been firm in your support and understanding, of the related complexities in Sri Lanka-â„¢s post conflict phase. This confidence reposed by you in my country will greatly assist me in steering the Organisation-â„¢s future in the best interest of our peoples.

We in Sri Lanka are stepping into a new era of peace, stability and renewed economic opportunities that have been long denied to my people, due to the menace of terrorism that existed for nearly three decades. In ending terrorism in 2009, we asserted the greatest human right, the right to life. I am happy to state that in the past four years, there hasn-â„¢t been a single terrorist related incident, anywhere in Sri Lanka.

Excellencies and Friends,
There is a multitude of global challenges, arising from the uncertainty of the socio economic conditions, faced by our nations today. We, in the Commonwealth, must therefore collectively find means of effectively addressing these challenges to safeguard the values we hold dear.

It is in recognition of the urgent need to address the burning issues connected to growth and development, which directly impinge on the lives of our peoples, that Sri Lanka proposed the theme, -Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development- for this CHOGM.

We believe that this theme has broad relevance to the larger Commonwealth, and highlights the importance of equity in economic development, particularly in view of the existing disparities in the distribution of wealth, and economic benefits. Inclusive development promotes progress and contributes towards achieving Millennium Development Goals.

In the case of Sri Lanka, our current policy agenda, the Mahinda Chinthana, Vision for the Future, spells out clear strategies of improving the livelihoods of our people, ensuring that economic and social benefits reach every strata of society, and more importantly, taking Sri Lanka into the future, by aiming to be the -ËœWonder of Asia-â„¢.

I am happy to say that Sri Lanka has achieved success on a range of social indicators that comprise the MDGs, despite being a lower middle income country. Absolute poverty in Sri Lanka declined from 15.2 per cent in 2007 to 6.5 per cent in 2012, surpassing the MDG mid-term target. While reaching out to care for all our people-â„¢s needs, the Government has also taken a pro-active approach, to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

Your Royal Highnesses, Fellow Heads of Government, Excellencies, and friends,
Faced with tough challenges, we, in the Commonwealth, need to ask ourselves, a few questions.

First, Can we realistically say that the need for basic facilities, healthcare, education, productive employment, access to food and safe drinking water, eradication of poverty and hunger, are of lesser importance than political concerns?

Second, Should not the Commonwealth, collectively strive towards the realization of development goals, to enable its member countries to reap economic benefits?

Third, Shouldn-â„¢t we be addressing more vigorously the issue of -Ëœcommon poverty-â„¢ before we talk about -Ëœcommon wealth-â„¢?

As a matter of priority, we, in the Commonwealth, should focus on development challenges, confronting the majority of our member nations. I see a compelling need for those who guide the destiny of the Commonwealth to give serious thought to practical modalities, focusing on social and economic issues. This will greatly enhance the relevance and value of the Commonwealth.

Particular emphasis on the well-being of women and children, is a must. There is, as well, the acute need for awareness of both the potential and the risks attendant on Information Technology.

Although economic priorities take centre stage, let us not forget that people are the greatest wealth of our nations. Strengthening the quality of human capital will help countries to achieve sustained growth. Greater people-to-people contact within the nations of the Commonwealth, as well as taking the objectives of the Commonwealth to the most remote sections of our populations, is also important.

CHOGM 2013 will provide the opportunity for us to assess the Commonwealth-â„¢s achievements with regard to development goals. If the Commonwealth is to remain relevant to its member countries, the Association must respond sensitively, to the needs of its peoples and not let it turn into a punitive or judgmental body.

We must also collectively guard against bilateral agendas being introduced into the Organisation, distorting Commonwealth traditions and consensus. The strength of the Organisation lies in keeping the member countries together, helping one another in a spirit of partnership, making the Commonwealth truly unique.

Our deliberations in Colombo must lead to the greatest practical benefits for the peoples of a renewed Commonwealth, one that is engaging, collaborative and unifying, rather than prescriptive and divisive.

In December last year, the Charter of the Commonwealth comprising the values and aspirations shared by all members of the Organization was adopted. To us in Sri Lanka today, they continue to be relevant, as we usher in a new era and also because all religions we follow in Sri Lanka have taught us to uphold the highest human values.

Finally, I wish to quote the words of the Buddha, the Enlightened One:

Na paresaa vilomani – na paresam katakatam……….
Attanova avkkheyya – katani akatani ca

-ËœLet not one take notice of faults of other-â„¢s or what they have done or not done. Let one be concerned only about what one has done and left undone.-â„¢ (End of quote)

Whilst looking forward to a fruitful and constructive engagement, I wish all of you, a very pleasant and an enjoyable stay in our country.

May the Noble Triple Gem Bless you all.

2 Responses to “Let not one take notice of faults of other’s-Let one be concerned only about what one has done SRI LANKA PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AT CHOGM 2013”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    And so it BEGINS … the NEXT round of the Water Torture of Sri Lanka ….. whose PRIMARY CRIME was that it Liberated Itself from Foreign Inspired and Supported TERRORISM through its OWN HERCULEAN EFFORTS, at great cost in blood and treasure, without ANY SIGNIFICANT HELP from the globally bungling pontificating pundits of the West!

    Now ,WE AGAIN SEE the MONUMENTAL FOLLY of hosting the CHOGM, paying the price of empowering the Eelamist Separatists in the Northern Province, and FAILING TO REPEAL the 13th Amendment, and DISMANTLE the Provincial Council System for Good!

    At least NOW, the GOSL should take these steps … better to be tarred and feathered for doing something to protect Sri Lanka, than for empowering separatists committed to destroying our Resplendent Motherland!

    The CHOGM has GAINED Sri Lanka NOTHING … No Gratitude from Sri Lankan Tamils we liberated from clutches of terrorrism and No Support from the West for active cooperation in the global war on terror; Only more THREATS hurled, and MORE CUDGELS shaken, in our face!

    It appears that Heroic Deeds and National Defence are RESERVED for these Abominable Imperialist Racists of the West waging genocidal wars across the globe with Impunity without any accountability exercised by the UN or the ICC.

    Such Heroic Deeds are not for LITTLE BROWN MEN of Sri Lanka however smart, however skilled, however courageous, however cooperative, or however tolerant; they are the SOLE PRESERVE of the malignant West!

    HYPOCRITES INCARNATE ALL geeting away with DOUBLE STANDARDS! Just tell them all TO GO TO HELL by the shortest route!

    Sri Lanka says confident to face any challenge before UNHRC, rejects UK PM’s ultimatum

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Nov 16, Colombo: Dismissing a deadline set by the British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Sri Lankan government today said it is confident of facing any challenge before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

    Addressing media, the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said there is no justification for a predestined international inquiry and the government is confident to go before the UNHRC and face any challenge.

    De Silva’s statement was in response to British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where he issued a deadline to the Sri Lankan government to probe alleged war crimes and human rights violations by March 2014 or face an international probe.

    The Minister asserted that Sri Lanka would resist any international inquiry as a policy.

    He explained that there was no need for an international inquiry within such a short span of time and that the government has done well in the reconciliation process, a fact Cameron himself has admitted.

    The UK leader said in his media brief this morning that the process of recovery and reconciliation after the three-decades of brutal conflict cannot take place in a few months or even in a few years.

    According to Minister de Silva, the Sri Lankan government has been under pressure by the international community on previous occasions as well and it could not force the government to do wrong by the people.

  2. Nanda Says:

    Let the leader start a new life by “finding his faults himself” and “by “doing what is undone” . This exactly what he had drawn from Buddhism and quoted.
    Proper Buddhist will be saying,
    Dear Maha Raja thumani,
    1. Don’t be a fool any more.
    2. Wake up now.
    3. Revoke Indian 13A and sack criminal PCs
    4. Give up drinking alcohols now
    5. Sack all criminals surrounding you
    6. Restore law and order in the country.
    7. Send all subversive elements to Jail including TNA and Bijjeshwaram who said a word supporting Prabhakaran.
    8. Close down Indian Toilets in Jaffna and Hambantota.
    9. Sing a defence treaty with China.
    10. Let Chinese businessman come to Sri lanka and replace all Indian industries.

    This is the “Dasa Raja Dhrama” appropriate now !

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