The LTTE favored Tamil Diaspora operating in foreign soil moves like a ghost. Our message is clear. We are not prepared to allow any form of terrorism to emerge in our Motherland, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
We successfully defeated the so-called invincible terrorists who were a threat to the country and the people for the past three decades, he added.
President Rajapaksa assured the nation that he would not bow down to the pressure of the international community even if the European Union tries to give a new lease of life to the terrorists headed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by trying their best to get the LTTE proscription lifted.
The President was addressing the gathering of the ceremony of handing over of 101 houses completed under the 17th stage of the ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ housing project for War Heroes in the Puttalam District. The event was held Mausawewa Rathanapala Navodya Vidyalaya grounds in Anamaduwa, Puttalam on Saturday (Nov. 01).
President Rajapaksa said foreign powers would have thought we would kneel before them with the lifting of the LTTE ban.
We are not going to do that. We have confidence in the Armed Forces that ensured our safety. We trust them and they would never allow the emergence of any form of terrorism in this country, he said.
“The issues that we had to resolve in the face of the challenge of the LTTE terrorism were what would be the future of the present generation and the future of our children. Will we allow our people to breath freedom live in a free environment or live forever in fear? Are we going to give into the demand for separation? We took the decision to ensure freedom to live by defeating terrorism,” President Rajapaksa said.
The President distributed household equipment and school material among the housing recipients at the occasion.
Sixty three Army, 22 Navy and 16 Air Force personnel were the recipients of the 17th phase of the Api Wenwen Api housing project. Construction work was carried out by the 4th Engineering Services Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army.
Along with the housing project, other infrastructure facilities such as play grounds, a gymnasium, market place/shops, community centre and a place of worship, medical centre, a library, communication centre, bank, post office, etc. have been developed in the area.
Under the 17th stage, measures have also been taken to fulfill existing requirements and develop several schools, namely Konkadawela Vidyalaya, Nawagattegama, Mauswewa Rathanapala Navodya Vidyalaya and Parakrama Primary Vidyalaya.
Before the 17th stage, hundreds of houses had been built and handed over to war heroes in 19 districts - Kandy, Matara, Hambantota, Monaragala, Badulla, Galle, Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kalutara, Kegalle, Polonnaruwa, Gampaha, Ratnapura, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, Anurahapura and Kurunegala.
Api Wenuwen Api in co-operation with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka aims to build 50,000 housing units for Tri-forces Service personnel. The project is phased over five years, with 10,000 houses to be completed each year.
The housing recipients are chosen in line with guidelines laid down by the Board of Management of the Api Wenuwen Api Fund to ensure that there is no room for discrimination.
The Api Wenuwen Api housing project is a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and operates under the close guidance and instructions of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Sewa Vanitha Unit of the Defence Ministry spearheaded by Ioma Rajapaksa closely supervises the implementation of the project.