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We must, with all humility examine our failures. We have failed in the essential task of nation-building. We have meandered and faltered along the path, whilst our neighbors in Asia and many other countries have forged, united and strong nations in which peoples of various communities of race, religion and languages, live in harmony. The search for the causes and the apportioning of blame for this situation may be assigned to the historians. Let us, those of us, who have taken on the responsibility to guide and govern the Nation, whatever our political party or affiliations may be, march towards the future in unison, putting behind us mean desires for petty, personal and political gain. The Nation’s need today is so great and urgent that it permits space only for largesse of heart and mind, which will in the national interest supersede all that is irrelevant and small.
  Chandrika Kumaratunga