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We must work together for peace - Malwatte Maha Nayaka Thera

by Asela Kuruluwansa

All concerned should stop criticising the formation of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR) as a ruse to postpone the commencement of peace talks with the LTTE and instead should cooperate with the Government to accelerate the peace process, states the Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Maha Nayaka Thera, the Maha Nayaka of the Malwatta Chapter.

The Venerable Mahanayaka Thera made this observation when a delegation of the Sri Lanka Justices of the Peace Association called on the Maha Nayaka Thera at his Malwatta Maha Viharaya abode yesterday.

The Maha Nayaka Thera said that the peace process cannot be taken forward with a tug of war between the Government and the opposition. The disunity between them will only strengthen the hands of the LTTE to realize their intransigent demand.

The people at a general election gives a mandate to a particular political party to rule the country for a specific period and those elected to rule cannot misuse that mandate. No one has a mandate to divide the country.

The LTTE runs its own systems of police, banking and Courts of Law, and their demand for a separate Interim Administration will only ensure the legitimacy to this state of affairs.

There should be a certain amount of flexibility and a sense of sacrifice on both sides, to establish peace through negotiation, stressed the Maha Nayaka Thera. Malwatta Chapter Lekhakadhikari Ven. Valgowwagoda Wimalabuddhi Thera and All Island Justices of the Peace Association President M.N.M. Aseem also addressed the gathering.

Polonnaruwa Raja Maha Viharadhipathi Ven. Pahamune Sumangala Thera, Central Province DIG Nimal Mediwaka, the Association's Secretary D.S.G. Kalubowila, Kandy District President Neil Hikkaduwa, Secretary M.V. Somadasa and Kandy MMC Raja Pushpakumara were also present.

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