|We fight terror single handed to let democracy prevail – President at Oxford Union|
|Tuesday, 13 May 2008 00:00|
The LTTE is the most brutal terror outfit the world has ever seen, and defeating them requires global support. What Sri Lanka is doing, is fighting this terror outfit single handed, to ensure that democracy and respect for human life prevail in the world, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he addressed the Oxford Union yesterday (13).
“I must add that what I am doing is in no way different to what other democracies have done before, and continue to do in the face of terrorism. If we fail in our war against the LTTE, the world will fail in its fight against terrorism, and democracy will be the victim. This is the plain truth,” the President said.
The President, in his address, outlined the key characteristics of the holistic development strategy pursued by the Government, especially in empowering the rural areas where the vast majority of the Sri Lankan people live.
“Our development thrust unfortunately has had its own obstacles, the main being the brutal terrorist threat that makes us, a developing country, to take a heavy toll. It is time that the world, raising its united voice, expressed its utter revulsion of the barbaric practice of suicide bombings. It must be made absolutely clear that this form of political expression, if it could be described as such, is utterly unacceptable in the civilized world,” the President added.