Commenting on the development of Colombo the Secretary Defence said that even foreign countries are impressed with the cleanness and beauty of Colombo and its suburbs and are showing keen interest in visiting and investing in the country. The Defence Ministry quoted him as saying that Sri Lanka must now maintain the present peaceful environment for the benefit of the future generations. The government has sought public support to defeat the efforts of the LTTE rump and their proxies operating from other countries to undermine the peace and reconciliation process.Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that due to the war which had lasted for 30 years the development of the country was obstructed, a large number of human lives were lost and properties destroyed.

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