Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka call public to support President

ColomboPage News Desk, April 23, 2007

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte, Asgiriya, Ramanna and Amarapura Maha Nikayas yesterday called on all political parties and all sections of the society to rise above differences and unite to extend cooperation and encouragement to the President, the police and the three armed forces.

Issuing a joint statement, the four chief monks said “Emerging in our country today is a peaceful environment where all ethnic and religious groups in the country can co-exist in unity.”

“This is also a time when new paths are beginning to open for the resolution of the ethnic crisis, and for the development of the country through good governance. None can condone at this juncture any private or politically motivated action which would be a hindrance to the wellbeing of the county,” it said.

The statement was signed by Ven. Udugama Sri Ratanapala Buddharakkhita Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter, Ven. Weweldeniye Medhalankara Mahanayake Thera of Ramanna Nikaya and Ven. Dawuldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thera of Amarapura Maha Nikaya.