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President issues directions to the Armed and Police Forces to ensure fundamental rights of detainees are respected

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has issue directions to the Heads of the Armed Forces and Police Force to enable the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka to exercise and perform its duties and functions by ensuring the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected.
Time for course correction - J. Vitarana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected President of the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) recently fulfilling the expectations of the rank and file. His ascent to the highest position was the ultimate reward for a long and arduous journey in which his loyalty to the party and its ideals never wavered for a moment. In this respect he stands out as unique since his distinguished predecessors in office had the position almost offered on a platter with family playing a major role. On the contrary, loyalty and struggle were his forte. What more, he is a man with roots in the village. As he himself said on assuming the office of President of Sri Lanka, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
President pays respects to Major General Kulatunga

President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid his last respects to late Major General Parami Kulatunga at his Kelaniya Residence on Tuesday (27). Maj-Gen Kulatunga the third highest ranking officer in the Sri Lankan Army was assassinated by a suicide bomber yesterday.
I will take necessary action to protect citizens from all terror- President

I will not hesitate to take all necessary action to protect our citizens as I am confident that my government is capable of facing any tribulations that arise, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at the ceremony to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held at Temple Trees today.
Another example of the LTTE’s commitment to terror – President

“The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is a another example of the LTTE’s continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, deserving of contempt and condemnation”, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a special message on the LTTE’s assassination carried out this morning.
Top level military committee to probe Pesalai church attack

The special inquiry ordered by President Rajapaksa into the alleged incidents reported from Pesalai is now in progress, and its report will be made available to all, said Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, at a media briefing today.
International Buddhist Conference: President pledges state support

A preliminary discussion on holding an International Buddhist Conference was held at Temple Trees on Wednesday (21) under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Arrangements are to be made to hold the Conference on the 11th and 12th of August this year in Pallekelle in Kandy. This is to mark the 2550th Buddha Jayanthi.
Message of Condolence from President Mahinda Rajapaksa

“I consider this the most horrendous crime perpetrated by the LTTE in recent times. The Government and I, together with the entire world community have totally condemned this savage act of the LTTE, brutally killing unarmed innocent people,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message of condolence sent to the families of the victims of the LTTE’s bomb attack at Kebitigollawa.
2005 Presidential Elections ‘free and fair’ says PAFFREL

The Presidential elections held November last year were free, fair and one of the best elections in Sri Lanka’s recent history, said PAFFREL in its report on the Presidential Elections held in November 2005. The report was handed over to the President yesterday at Temple Trees by representatives of PAFFREL.
Legal panel to aid Constitutional Reforms Committee

President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a panel of Legal/Constitutional Experts to aid the sub committee on Constitutional Reforms, a committee comprising all political parties to formulate proposals for constitutional changes.
Sri Lanka’s war heroes commemorated

A ceremony to commemorate Sri Lanka’s war heroes was held at the Ranaviru Commemoration Centre in Kandy, yesterday. The ceremony is held annually to honor the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the country.
President congratulates ‘a son of the soil’

President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Dr. J.S. Malik Peiris, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, University of Hong Kong on his recent election as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Duty of govt. to take care of war heroes – President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday it is the duty of the government to take care of war heroes and their children as they had sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country’s security. This week has been named as War Hero’s week.
President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team

June 7, 2006- 8.45 GMT
President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Captain Mahela Jayawardene and the rest of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team for their victory in the third test match against England in Trent Bridge on Monday (5/6).
Survivor tells President his horrifying ordeal

June 6, 2006- 11.50 GMT
The survivor of the Walikanda LTTE massacre met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at Temple Trees. He told the President his experiences regarding the fateful day when he and his co-workers were rounded up by the LTTE and shot and how he survived.
Sports to promote peace, says President

June 5, 2006- 11.00 GMT
Sports can be used to achieve peace, as even in historic times during great sporting events, such as the Olympics, warring parties observed a break in fighting, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.
All Party Committee to prepare framework of political solution

June 2, 2006- 11.00 GMT
The All Party Conference summoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa which met at the Presidential Secretariat today (June2) agreed to a proposal by the President that an All Party Committee be set up to formulate a framework of proposals for the devolution of power within an undivided Sri Lanka, which could be the basis for future negotiations with the LTTE. The respective parties will submit the names of their representatives to this committee.
“I am committed to negotiated solution” – President Rajapaksa to Ambassador Boucher

June 1, 2006- 11.45 GMT
President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Ambassador Richard A Boucher, US for South and Central Asia that he was committed to a negotiated solution to the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka, and would call on the All Party Conference that meets tomorrow (June 2) to work out suitable proposals for devolution of power to achieve this end.

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