President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday delivered the key note address at the Commonwealth Local Government Conference 2013 held in Kampala, Uganda, under the theme ‘Developmental Local Government: Putting Local Government at the heart of Development”.
President Rajapakse said Sri Lankans have consistently regarded local government as the most practical expression of the ideals and aspirations of a functioning democracy.
The President further said that local government was among the first target of the terrorism.
Restoring local government and accelerating economic growth were the priorities of Sri Lanka immediately after the end of the war.
President Rajapaksa said the first victim of terror was the mayor of Jaffna in the North.
He said the twin pillars of durable peace and political stability have opened doors for Sri Lanka to move forward on accelerated economic and social development.
Ugandan Presidnet Yoweri Museveni, delivering the inaugural address also commended Sri Lanka’s efforts in ending terrorism in the country and assured Ugandan’s presence at the commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo.