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* Sri Lanka President stresses government's commitment to eliminate extremism and prevent recurrence of war
Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 02:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today reiterating his government's commitment to eliminate extremism in the country and build reconciliation called on the masses to prevent a recurrence of another war.

He said whatever criticisms were leveled against the Government, the present Government is committed to build a peaceful country where all the communities live in harmony and reconciliation.

Participating in a commemoration ceremony held at the Arantalawa International Buddhist Centre, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Arantalawa massacre, today (02), the President said it is the responsibility of all to join with the journey of the Government which aims to establish sustainable peace in the country.

"As we recall the sorrowful memories of a three decade long, brutal war, it is the responsibility of all to act in a way to prevent recurrence of such disastrous situation in the country," President Sirisena said.

"It is the responsibility of the era to unite with brotherhood for the future of the country eliminating the extremism and thirst for power."

The government has come under heavy criticism recently for failure to take action against the extremist Buddhist groups which target the Muslim minority.

The Arantalawa Massacre took place on June 2, 1987, close to the village of Arantalawa, in the Ampara District in which 31 Buddhist monks, including the Adikarana Sanga Nayaka of the North and East Ven. Hegoda Sri Indrasara Thera and three civilians were brutally killed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

During the commemoration ceremony the President appreciated the great social and religious service rendered by the late Hegoda Sri Indrasara Nayaka Thera and paid a floral tribute to the statue of the Thera.

The President also opened the Ven. Hegoda Sri Indrasara Thera Commemoration Hall, built at the Arantalawa International Buddhist Centre and observed the memorial which was built to commemorate the assassinated Buddhist monks.

President Sirisena also opened the solar power system installed in the Temple.

Chief Incumbent of Mahiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Urulewatte Sri Dhammarakkhitha Thero, Director of Vidyananda Pirivena in Ampara Ven. Kirindiwela Somarathana Thero, Ministers Daya Gamage, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Anoma Gamage and former minister P. Dayarathne were among those participated in this occasion.


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