Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga Urges Sri Lanka Govt “to Take Immediate Action in Every way Possible to Halt the Religious and Communal Violence”.

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga - Mar 30, 2013

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga – Mar 30, 2013

Former President Chandrika Kumarathunga today called for an impartial inquiry into the incidents in the South without delay and to direct the law enforcement authorities to take strict legal action against the instigators and perpetrators of the savage violence.

Kumarathunga said that she was deeply concerned about the outbreak of communal violence and Anti-Muslim attacks that occurred in several areas of the country, in the past week.

“I am appalled by initial reports that the violence seems orchestrated and followed a public meeting and a provocative march by violent extremists who pursue their narrow personal goals, in the name of Buddhism. It is a matter of great concern that the law enforcement authorities have failed to deal with the hate mongering and blatant violation of the Law for nearly 18 months,” she said in a statement.

She noted that Sri Lanka has before it an extraordinary opportunity for Progress and Prosperity by creating a Pluralist, Inclusive Democracy, giving to all citizens equal economic, socio-cultural and political opportunity. The freedom of belief and of expression is a key element of a free, democratic society and of a politically stable, economically prosperous State.

Kumarathunga also noted that under her Government when she was President the Government successfully halted acts of provocation and communal violence on several occasions, against Christian churches and also against Muslim persons and their property, which occurred in several Districts in the South and the East.

“In the name of the immense sacrifices made by our peoples for a quarter of a century during the ethnic conflict and the ensuing terrorism, I urge the large number of leaders, organizations and individuals to call upon the government, especially its leaders, to take immediate action in every way possible, to bring a halt to this communal and religious violence, to institute an impartial inquiry into the incidents without delay and to direct the law enforcement authorities to take strict legal action against the instigators and perpetrators of this savage violence,” she said.

The former President said that Sri Lanka must not allow the country to be dragged into another civil war by a small group of extremists.

Courtesy:Colombo Gazette