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* Sri Lankan President vows to take strict action against lawbreakers, not to permit religious discord
Thu, Apr 24, 2014, 03:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 24, Colombo: There is no religious disharmony in Sri Lanka as some groups are attempting to create an opinion that there are such religious conflicts in the country, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa asserted today.

However, the President assured that he will not allow any individual or an organization to take the law into their hands and create such a situation in the country.

Addressing heads of electronic and printed media chiefs and chief editors at the Temple Trees this morning the President said he hopes to discuss the issue with the religious groups.

He said that the government will take measures to establish a separate specially trained police unit to deal with religious incidents.

The President said he has also focused attention on the recent request of the Chief Prelates not to publish images of Buddha in newspapers and asked the media to consider the prelates' request.

When asked whether there will be presidential elections next year, the President said he has no plans to hold presidential election until his term ends in 2016 but if the opposition United National Party (UNP) makes a formal request he will consider a snap poll earlier.

Speaking of the Hambantota incident, the President said that an investigation is being conducted in this regard. He added that no one is above the law and legal action will be taken against any politician, even those from the government, if they violate the law.

Responding to media queries on the resettlements in the Wilpattu National Park, the President said that if the people were resettled in an illegal manner, they will be removed.

Ministers Professor G.L. Pieris, Basil Rajapaksa, Keheliya Rambukwella, Dullas Alahapperuma, Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga, Secretary and the IGP N.K. Ilangakoon were also present at this occasion.

(Photo by Nalin Hewapthirana)

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