If peace and harmony among communities are not achieved it would result in economic collapse, giving certain countries the opportunity to destabilize Sri Lanka by creating ethnic and religious divisions, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
Therefore it is necessary for everyone to ensure that peace and harmony among communities is not threatened, he added.
All communities should act with patience and responsibility at a time when the country is marching towards development, after ending a 30-year war against terrorism, he stressed.
The Minister was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone for the building of a Mahindodaya Technology Faculty at Al Mubarak National School, Malwana, Biyagama yesterday (June 24).
Speaking further, the Minister said every community suffered from the 30-year brutal war during which 300,000 Muslims were chased away from the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
He recalled that LTTE terrorists killed in cold blood Muslim devotees who were praying at the Kaththankudi mosque. The war had pushed the country towards a precipice and education had been crippled. Today peace has dawned and many problems have been resolved.
The Minister pointed out that the Government aimed at building Mahindodaya faculties in 1000 schools in the country to impart new knowledge gained through the advancement of science and technology in the world.