“As we proudly celebrate 70 years since Independence, our priority remains in moving forward as a nation together with all ethnic communities. A vast majority of Sri Lankans are ready to embrace ethnic, religious, cultural and political diversity of our nation. The main challenge we face today is to be committed in leading our motherland towards sustainable, inclusive development nourished by our diversity. As Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers got together 70 years ago to struggle for freedom from the colonial powers, the time has come for us to be united even more in building a nation which upholds justice, freedom and fairness, with respect for diversity, through a constitution which guarantees full rights to all ethnicities,” she said. As Sri Lanka celebrates its 70th Anniversary of Independence under the theme “One Nation”, Kumaratunga urged all citizens to come together in building a united and prosperous nation. (Colombo Gazette) She says it is important for all Sri Lankans to acknowledge the efforts made by the present Government in creating a society with equal rights to all citizens, compared to the previous undemocratic regime which showed scant consideration for human rights, freedoms, equality or the democratic rights of the people. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says a vast majority of Sri Lankans are ready to embrace ethnic, religious, cultural and political diversity of our nation.In a message to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence anniversary, Kumaratunga said that for over 2500 years, Sri Lankans have consistently appreciated the freedom, sovereignty, and independence built upon cherishing diversity.