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* Sri Lanka Defense Secretary meets with Buddhist leaders
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 08:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has met the Buddhist leaders yesterday evening, government sources said.

The representatives of the three factions of the Buddhist monks, the Siyam, Ramanna and Amarapura Nikayas together with the Buddhist extremist movements Bodu Bala Sena and Sihala Ravaya have participated in the discussion with the Defense Secretary.

The Defense Secretary has discussed inter religious reconciliation at the discussion.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had similar discussions with the Muslim organizations last week.

He has dismissed speculations of a connection between him and the extremist Bodu Bala Sena group and charged that some politically motivated groups and the opposition make this baseless allegation to win the hearts of Muslim community and to satisfy international elements.

Expressing views on the communal clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas recently the Defense Secretary said that it is very pathetic to leave room for religious and communal riots at a time the government is establishing lasting peace and reconciliation in the country.

Meanwhile unofficial sources say that the government hierarchy has delivered a message to the Buddhist extremist organizations after their last press conference to keep calm or perish.

Bodu Bala Sena has been remaining silence for a few days now.

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