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Religious leaders reiterate that troops had not violated human rights

Apr 24, 2011 8:03:03 AM - itnnews.lk

Religious leaders have reiterated the need for the entire nation to array themselves against the baseless allegation made in the Ban Ki-moon’s report. They emphasized that the Security Forces did not violate human rights but dedicated themselves to liberate the innocent civilians.

The Asgiriya Mahanayake, the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Budharakkitha Thera said suppressing terrorism was the responsibility of the Government. Not a single civilian had been hindered in this process. As in the past the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities lived in amity. The Security Forces help these civilians in every way. On such an occasion, the UN Chief had made a serious allegation against Sri Lanka. The Mahanayake said that it should be mentioned that the entire country totally rejects this baseless report.

Chief Incumbent of the Rajopavanarama Temple in Getambe, the Ven. Keppetiyagoda Siriwimala thera said no one in the country was prepared to endorse the report released by the UN Secretary General against Sri Lanka. He pointed out that they do not need foreign influence. They had a very strong leadership to develop the country. As such, the prelate called on the entire nation to shed all differences and further strengthen this leadership.

In the meantime, the Archbishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that this baseless report of the UN Chief had exerted pressure on Sri Lanka’s sovereignty. He emphasized that the war crime allegations made in this report should be rejected. Treatment meted out to countries in a different manner cannot be endorsed. The Cardinal emphatically mentioned that the report of the UN Chief vilifying Sri Lanka should be rejected.