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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 06.47 GMT
Modern technologies can make unreal, real Secretary to President


Views cannot be arrived at about a country on the basis of films made available by individuals or from information on computer screens with the aid of information technology, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said.

Addressing media on the final day of CHOGM at BMICH, the Secretary said: "There are a lot of people who cricise Sri Lanka from abroad and this is not fair".

You can create views about a country if you may, by coming into that country, visiting locations, talking directly to its people and getting their viewpoints on matters, he added.

Anybody can make movies with present day technologies and make what is unreal, real, the Secretary said.

The government facilitated British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Jaffna, Mr. Weeratunga said.

"Prime Minister Cameron wanted to go to Jaffna after the opening ceremony of the CHOGM. He did not participate in the executive sessions, instead he wanted to go to Jaffna."

The government fully supported it, the Secretary said. "Prime Minister Cameron wanted to go and see, because seeing is believing and that's what the President said", Mr. Weeratunga added.

The CHOGM 2013 enables Sri Lanka to communicate its own spirit of capacity, confidence, self respect and dignity and showcase that we are not a nation of five years or 10 years or of 200 years but a nation of 2500 years, said the Secretary.

"Here, we have all the more reasons, to convey the message that all the communities are living in harmony and in precise terms to the world."

Secretary Weeratunga said when Sri Lanka agreed in 2009 to host the CHOGM 2013 in Colombo, it barely come out of the war and its after effects. "It was trying to grapple with issues we had here, such as security in Colombo. Today we are secure. Anyone can go to any part of the country. This was not the case in 2009. There was some kind of hope that we would be able to hold a conference of this nature then", he said.

"What we have done is to provide the venue for an international conference. Mounting a conference of CHOGM's magnitude is not easy. But we did this with so many hopes. We wanted to assure the world that this is a very safe country to travel to".

He said during 1985 to 1995 period, you could not even ask someone to come to Sri Lanka, because it was not safe for them on the streets of Colombo.

"There was not even a backpacker in Colombo. We have proved to the world that Sri Lanka is absolutely safe. Safe for anyone.

And if not for that guarantee and confidence, you could not have even though of coming to Sri Lanka. So it is a great credit and great confidence to our country", the Secretary said.





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