LTTE hindered economic growth and development: Rajapaksa
Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010, 15:23
  
Colombo: Decades of LTTE insurgency deeply hindered Sri Lanka's economic growth, with the country failing to realise its potential as a trans-shipment hub of the region, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

Addressing a rally ahead of the April 8 polls, Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka's geographical position as a trans-shipment hub had not been utilised in the past and the government is developing the infrastructure to boost the economy.

"Now we have initiated power plants such as Norochcholai, Upper Kotmale, Kerawalapitiya etc in addition five harbours, new Airports, Highways, irrigation schemes, concreted roads for villages, are coming up," he told the rally.

Rajapaksa said that his government took the task of uniting the country when they came into power in 2005.

"When we took over the country (in 2005) it was severely fragmented with North and East bearing the brunt. Two thirds of our coastline was lost and the terrorist (LTTE) dominated an area which was 20 times the size of Singapore," he said.

"At the time I got a Government which could not even appoint its own Speaker. People even failed to identify a terrorist as a terrorist out of fear. However, we did not deter in the face of such heavy odds," he said at the rally in the gem-mining Ratnapura on Sunday.

"We accelerated the process to save the Motherland and enlisted the support of all like minded. We saved the country and united the people, as was expected by them," state-owned news agency quoted the President as saying.

Meanwhile, troops recovered a huge consignment of explosives in Wanni. The forces recovered 80 Kg of RDX, 20 Kg of C-4 explosives and other items in Mulliyawellai, Puthukkudiyirippu and Udhayakattukulam on Saturday.

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010, 15:23


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