Meeting with President significant - Jaffna Bishop
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa assured the Bishop of Jaffna Rt.
Rev. Thomas Saundranayagam and Mannar Bishop Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph
that he would make every effort to ensure the safety of the people of
the North and East and would not allow another confrontation to errupt
in the area.
The Catholic Bishops of Jaffna and Mannar met President Rajapaksa at
Temple Trees on Tuesday and detailed him on the current disturbing
conditions in the Jaffna Peninsula and Mannar.
Jaffna Bishop Thomas Saundranayagam commenting on the meeting he had
with President Rajapaksa along with Bishop Rayappu Joseph said that the
meeting was very significant at this juncture.
"As the Bishops of Jaffna and Mannar we outlined the President on the
fears and the difficulties faced by the people in Jaffna and Mannar.
"The situation in the North is not satisfactory. The innocent
civilians are worried whether there would be a break up of another
confrontation. The North and East and the country at large cannot face
another all out war. Every citizen of this country wants peace.
Therefore, the measures must be taken to create peace in the country.
We have explained the recent incidents, which had taken place in
Jaffna and Mannar and insisted that the utmost priority should be given
to the security of the innocent civilians," Bishop Thomas Saundranayagam
Commenting on the President's response Bishop Saundranayagam
continued that the President assured them that he would take every step
to ensure the security of the people of the North and East and would not
allow for another war. The President also said that like the citizens in
the other parts of the country, the citizens of North and East also his
own citizens and he would not let them down.