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* Extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka protests South African envoy's tour
Thu, Jul 10, 2014, 09:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 10, Colombo: An Extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, Ravana Power said that the organization would protest any attempt to manipulate South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate any talks between the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) aiming at power devolution.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, the secretary of the Ravana Power, Ittekande Saddhathissa Thero said that the tour of the South African Vice President was a part of a pre-planned project.

South African President Jacob Zuma's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation visited Sri Lanka on 7-8 July 2014.

During his two-day visit, Ramaphosa visited the Northern Province capital of Jaffna and met with the representatives of Tamil political parties including the TNA leader R. Sampanthan.

The South African envoy said South Africa will try to help the Sri Lankans with the Truth and Reconciliation process and own constitutional reform to ensure Sri Lanka s a stable country enjoying human rights.

The Ravana Power leader said that Ramaphosa's tour did not occur according to an invitation of TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran as said, but it was planned earlier.

He also rejected the government's claim that it had no connection with Ramaphosa's tour.

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