Chief Justice Ashoka de Silva has stressed the need to find political solutions to political issues.
“A military solution isn’t an answer to political problems; ultimately they will leave bitterness behind,” he pointed out.
He was speaking at the annual prize giving ceremony at S Thomas’ Preparatory School.
The chief justice also said the people should have a better outlook to achieve racial harmony.
“We must have tolerance for other people’s views; religious tolerance, ideological tolerance, and these are the things which have become inevitable in the interests of self-preservation,” he added.
The Chief Justice added: “The end of the three decade old war that divided our country has created a reasonable expectation that we would be able to reach reconciliation that would lead to rapid economic progress.”
He said the main objective of education should be the building of character and it involves the inculcation of discipline.
School headmaster Yohesan Casie Chetty said: “The conclusion of the conflict in our land has provided us with a window of opportunity to create the united Sri Lanka we desire for ourselves and for the generations to follow.”
He also highlighted the importance of achieving higher growth. “There must be an urgency of purpose, a well-defined programme of action, coupled with a genuine and sincere desire to foster unity among the citizens which will enable the country to journey onwards towards its ultimate goal of national unity,” he added.
The chief justice’s wife distributed the prizes.