Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Do not mislead the people in the North and the East

Colombo: Senior presidential advisor and MP Basil Rajapaksa has warned that the international community, several foreign organizations and local groups were misleading the people in the North and the East.

Mr. Rajapaksa made these comments when he inaugurated the Valaichchenai fisheries harbour project during the weekend and asked the people to be wary of any group or individual who spread disinformation and said people should be patient as they would have to undergo difficulties during the ongoing operations to liberate the North from the clutches of the LTTE.

We expect a bumper harvest in the East because more than 135,000 acres have been cultivated since the area was liberated last year, he said and added that the government was intent on developing the important agricultural sector.

He said Maldives had developed to this extent largely due to its flourishing tourism industry.

The Valchcheni fisheries harbour funded by the Asian Development Bank is being built at a cost Rs.330 million and will cater to more than 400 boats that are expected to call at the harbour daily. The previous harbour was destroyed by the LTTE in 1992 when it attacked the police post located within the harbor killing more than 100 policemen.

Fisheries Minister Felix Perera, Resettlement Minister Amir Ali and Eaten Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan also participated at the ceremony.