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Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 02.27 GMT

Right to live is the most important human right - President


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the government is not disturbed by the latest report issued by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay over Sri Lanka based on wrong information.

He said the government is not worried about her latest report on Sri Lanka as the government has ensured the people's right to live.

"We have created an atmosphere where the people of all communities can live in any part of the country without fear. This is the most important human right that a person can have in the world," he said.

President Rajapaksa was responding to questions from Temple Trees, raised by the public on the Janapathi Janahamuwa program telecast live on television on Friday.

The program was telecast from seven centres in Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara. Galle and Hambantota districts.

The President said Pillay demanded an international inquiry few days after terrorism was totally wiped out from the country.

He said the government succeeded in rehabilitating former hardcore LTTE cadres within a few months and they were reintegrated into the society.
"We were able to provide all facilities to the people who were displaced due to LTTE atrocities in the North and East," he said.

He said the government spent Rs. 4 billion for the development of the Northern province and all basic amenities such as pipe borne water, electricity and housing were provided to them. Responding to a question from a member of the public, the President stressed the government has taken every endeavour to wipe out the drug menace.

"We have filed action against more than 150,000 persons involved in drug related offences," he said.

He also sought public assistance to wipe out this menace completely. "When I came into power in 2005, the people expected nothing but peace. We succeeded in overcoming that challenge by establishing peace in the country." he said.





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