Government condemns violence against
innocent civilians- President
[Tuesday , May
30, 2006 - 10.30 GMT]
Mahinda Rajapaksa today met with the Bishops of Jaffna and Mannar to
discuss the situation of violence against civilians in the North East.
Last evening 13 Sinhala villagers were cut and shot to death by
suspected LTTE cadres, in a village around 10 km
north of Welikanda in Polonnaruwa. On Saturday seven local visitors to
the Wilpattu National park were killed when their vehicle was blown up
by a landmine.
During the discussion at Temple Trees the
President requested the Bishops to encourage the people to report
incidents of violence against civilians promptly to the security forces
and aid them with investigations.
He further requested the Bishops to report any
difficulties they may face in reporting such incident to the Peace
Secretariat. Jaffna Bishop Rev.Thomas Saundranayagam
and Bishop of Mannar Rev. Rayappu Joseph participated in the
told the Bishops he valued their contribution towards making the peace
process successful and said as the leader of the country he worked
towards the safety and development of all the people without
discrimination. The Bishops in turn requested the President to involve
himself directly with development work in the North East.
The President also
sent his condolences to the families of the victims of the Wilpattu
landmine explosion and said the victims were respected, innocent Sinhala
and Tamil civilians. He said the Government condemned such actions
against innocent civilians and requested people to act with patience and
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Date: May 30, 2006 -10.30 GMT