AMBASSADOR WICKRAMASURIYA THANKS AND APPRECIATES SUPPORT OF THE
SRI LANKAN COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES DURING 2009
I am pleased to extend my best wishes and
thank all Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan Americans in the United States
as we celebrate the New Year -- and a new beginning, and
look forward to embarking on a new chapter in the history of our
Motherland after overcoming decades of conflict. Your support
and contribution played a vital role in our efforts toward protecting
our Motherland against terrorism, especially in countering adverse
publicity and reaching out in many different ways.
A year ago, I offered a New Year's greeting entitled,
Hope for a New Sri Lanka.” Now that the conflict has thankfully
ended, and we have a new Sri Lanka, the real work of freedom is
The government has launched extensive reconciliation
and reconstruction programs and it needs our support and ideas
to carry out this work. Many of the changes now underway to heal
the war wounds of our nation are not political, but necessary.
We must continue these programs to heal and reconstitute the nation,
and to give those who were deprived of peace and prosperity for
so long an equal chance to prosper in the new Sri Lanka. It is
up to us, as Sri Lankans, to support the New Sri Lanka, and to
do all that we can to ensure that suffering has ended for good
and peace overcomes violence and enmity.
I am enthusiastic about that prospect, and this
is something we at the Embassy work on every day. I welcome
your active and continued support in the New Year in that task.
We wish you and your family a Happy, Peaceful
and Prosperous 2010!
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya &