President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective .He also requests to consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law.
The president wants to receive the fullest support of the international community to build a progressive, democratic, free and equal society.
Addressing the 73rd Session of the United nations General Assembly in New York he said Sri Lanka is taking action to consolidate peace and forge ahead to develop the economy, and such a nation deserves the support and understanding of the international community.
He urged the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own.
The President categorically stated that the government is committed to work tirelessly to achieving reconciliation by fostering understanding among all ethnic and linguistic groups, while eliminating mutual suspicion and hatred in order to create a society where all can live freely and harmoniously.
He said that as a country that has suffered violent conflict for 30 years, we are drawing from experience and lessons learned to strengthen national reconciliation, and we are determined to prevent the recurrence of conflict.