THE NEW YEAR MESSAGE 2003 FROM HON. TYRONNE
FERNANDO, P.C., M.P., MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The dawn of the New Year is an occasion to take stock of the
developments in the past year and reflect on the tasks that lie
ahead. The progress we have achieved so far in the peace process
gives us ample grounds for looking at the future with renewed
optimism and hope.
The Ceasefire has been consolidated, avoiding further blood shed
and loss of life; urgent humanitarian needs of the people affected
by the conflict are being addressed, resettlement is progressing
and Sri Lankan economy is showing unmistakable signs of revival.
The contentious issues that have come up in this long and difficult
road, have been resolved through mutual dialogue and understanding.
The international community has been consistent in its support
for the peace process.
It is my fervent hope that the New Year will see the further
consolidation of the cease fire and progress towards a firm foundation
for a durable peace based on mutually acceptable political and
constitutional structures within a united Sri Lanka. It is the
bounden duty of all Sri Lankans to work towards this end.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
31 December 2002