Friday, 18th June 2021

Catholic, Buddhist leaders urge Lankan govt to avoid agreements with foreign armed forces

Colombo, Jun 1 (BAN / CD) : The Sri Lankan government has been requested to not enter into any agreement with foreign countries so as to not disrupt the sovereignty of Sri Lanka by Catholic and Buddhist leaders. Any agreement with other countries could cause foreign armed forces to set up camp in Sri Lanka.

Chief prelates of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters along with Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith have also requested the government to ban any extremist organizations in the country in order to maintain lasting peace amidst the chaos.

This request has come after a discussion that included the participation of Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera, the Anunayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Maha Viharayas and Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya May 31.

According to the Buddhist and Catholic leaders, politicians acting out of selfish interests in order to protect their political powers is one of the reasons why Sri Lanka became a target for extremist organizations.

The government was planning to enter into agreements that would jeopardize the sovereignty upheld by the people’s constitution but it has no right to do so, they added.

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