International Buddhist Zone to be setup in Boralesgamuwa

Lanka Daily News, Aug 8, 2007

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- An international Buddhist Zone will be established in Boralesgamuwa. The Government has made arrangements in this regard on President, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s instructions.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama disclosed this when he called on the Malwatte and Asgiriya prelates in Kandy and obtained their blessings on Monday.

Bogollagama said a 77 acre plot of land which belonged to the Public Trustees Department has been taken over for this project,

He said this zone will be divided into 14 sub divisions and assigned to 14 Buddhist countries for them to provide information about their Buddhist activities and places of worship and enable people to obtain an awareness about them.

This would help enhance and further consolidate Sri Lanka’s friendship and relations with those countries, Bogollagama said. He said the zone will be administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by an Act of Parliament.