The Ven. Pof. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera has said that the entire country should unite against the report submitted by Ban Ki-moon’s private Panel, leaving aside differences.
The prelate emphasised that they considered this as a Committee appointed on the personal needs of Ban Ki-moon remaining on a wrong stand on Sri Lanka. An effort was being made via this report to belittle Sri Lanka’s victory over the LTTE terrorists who were assured to be indomitable. Therefore the Venerable Thera said that everyone should leave aside political differences at this juncture and encourage and support the Government.
In the meantime the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter and Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith have expressed their resentment on the baseless report of the Ban Ki-moon Panel report.
The Asgiriya Mahanayake, the Most Ven. Udugama Buddharakkitha Thera said that the President and the Defence Forces dedicated themselves mainly to liberate the country from terrorism and not to harm the innocent civilians. It was merely a humanitarian operation. The Mahanayake said that the report produced during such a juncture was the result of alien forces and tiger loyalists who could not bear the development that was taking place in Sri Lanka.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith emphasized that the report making allegations on war crimes should be totally rejected. The report is purely compiled against Sri Lanka. Discrimination of countries cannot be endorsed. The Archbishop of Colombo pointed out the report of Ban Ki-moon’s panel vilifying Sri Lanka should be completely discarded.