Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the government was committed towards reconciliation and believed the international community should not try to weaken it in this regard.
Addressing the occasion marked the presentation of the 2011 Annual Report of the Central Bank in Colombo, the President said the country was committed towards reconciliation but believed it was not possible to be achieved overnight and that a customised solution suitable to Sri Lanka would be worked out in this regard.
He was critical of sanctions imposed on oil exporting countries and stated that while some leaders would say they were unable to do anything about the current situation, it would certainly help smaller nations if these were lifted. He did not specifically name any countries during his speech.(SD)