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* Sri Lankan minister accuses Mannar Bishop of trying to destabilize the country
Mon, Mar 17, 2014, 08:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 17, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka's National Freedom Front (NFF), Minister Wimal Weerawansa has accused Bishop of Mannar Rev. Rayappu Joseph of trying to destabilize the country by siding with Western forces.

Weerawansa told an English daily that the Mannar Bishop was spreading false propaganda among members of the international community saying that Tamils were subjected to abuse by the Sinhala majority in the country.

He explained that the Bishop had proposed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that an interim government is required for the administration of the North.

"He has said that the Tamils are being maltreated by the Sinhala majority. This is the current mission that he is tasked with. The UNHRC is hurling accusations at the government stating that human rights violations have occurred and that the Tamil women in the North are being abused by the Army. The Tamil National Alliance, meanwhile, is conjuring accusations out of thin air. Consequently at one point, Bishop Joseph's request would be taken to the UN General Assembly. Once there, this proposal would be voted upon and under the supervision of the UN, a sovereign regime would be established in the North. He is trying to accomplish through the UN what the LTTE failed to win by war," Weerawansa was quoted as saying.

He further noted that Mannar Bishop was now disappointed due to the non-realization of one of his prime objectives, of becoming the country's Archbishop.

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