The Mahanayake Theras of the three Nikayas in a joint statement yesterday have called upon the people to shed all petty differences and join hands with the government to defeat all foreign conspiracies aimed at undermining the country’s development efforts and the communal and religious unity and amity now building up.
“If the people go against a government they themselves have elected by raising issues regarding temporary economic problems and other differences, it would only contribute towards the country’s downfall,” they said.
The statement was signed by Most Ven Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddharta Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven Weweldeniye Medalankara Mahanayake Thera of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya and the Most Ven Dawuldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thera of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya.
Meanwhile Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the proposed resolution against Sri Lanka is an undue meddling in the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka."
In a communiqué issues through the Chairman of the, Current Affairs Committee of Archdiocese of Colombo, Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando, the Archbishop has said that the move by certain Western countries is an insult on the intellect of the Sri Lankan public.
The Archbishop has expressed the view that the best way to counteract the undue influence is for the government to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).