The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka assured President Maithripala Sirisena of its fullest support for all people-friendly actions of his government. They said this when the Bishops called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (April 24).
Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith led the delegation of Bishops. They discussed the progress of the 100 day programme and the government’s actions for implementation of constitutional amendments and the strengthening of democracy.
The Archbishop told the President that His Holiness Pope Francis observed the simple life style and respect for law and order in President Sirisena more than he had seen in any other leader. His Holiness has also observed that President Sirisena was one who had qualities very similar to his own and was one who brought great respect to Sri Lanka and its people.
The Bishops stated that although the armed conflict of 30 years has ended it has still not been possible to win the hearts and minds of the people. Therefore, they offered all blessings to the efforts of President Sirisena to bring about unity among the people.
They also offered their blessings to the tasks of the President recalling his longtime commitment towards service to the people and his many sacrifices in this regard.
The Bishop of Jaffna Rev Thomas Saundranayagam thanked the President for the work he is doing to assist the people in the North and East. He added that the action taken by the President to return land held by the security forces to their original owners was an invaluable duty carried out on behalf of the people.
The Bishops apprised the President of some problems that prevailed in their areas and the Bishop of Badulla Vincent Fernando informed the President of the fears and difficulties faced by the people due to threat of landslides.
President Sirisena gave immediate instructions to the Government agent to inquire into this and provide necessary and speedy assistance.