The entire nation is faced with an unfortunate situation because some politicians donít have the reconciliation which exists among the people in this country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Some politicians want to betray the country for their narrow political ends, he added. Those who pretend to represent the nation merely for power betray the country in the international forums, the President said.
The President was speaking at the handing over of Bogambara Prison Complex in Kandy to the Government custody today (June 20).
There is nothing unachievable when we have the national unity. Therefore, everybody should get together to build the country, the President further stated.
The Bogambara Prison Complex in Kandy was formerly handed over to the government custody today. It was officially handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera at a ceremony this morning (June 20).
The Bogambara prison was closed down on January 1 this year to be shifted from the historic capital of Kandy which houses the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha.
"The Bogambara Prison was closed down on janury 1st and about 2,700 prisoners who were in the Bogambara Prison have been transferred to other prisons," he said.
The Bogambara prison was housed in 32 acres in the Kandy city close to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and was built by the British Colonial government in 1876.
A drama depicting the history of Bogambara prison is to be enacted today at the handing over ceremony.
Under the government's development program of expanding the prison network in the country and improving prison conditions, it was decided to close the Bogambara prison, which was situated in the heart of Kandy.
Serving inmates were transferred to a new prison complex in Pallekele. The Bogambara prison complex will be used for commercial purposes as a building with historical and archeological value and a part of that land will be used for a new development project.
The Bogambara Prisons was a maximum security prison and the second largest in Sri Lanka, after the Welikada Prison in Colombo.