British HC calls all Lankans to respect diversity

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British High Commissioner John Rankin on Thursday called on all Sri Lankans to respect diversity and to work together to achieve reconciliation.

 


Mr. Rankin expressed these views upon meeting the Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters in Kandy during his visit in the Central and Uva Provinces from November 3 to 5.

 


“I discussed the importance of religious harmony and the freedom to practice one’s religion with the Mahanayakes. In recent months, there have been incidents of religious tension, most seriously in Aluthgama. We continue to call on all Sri Lankans to respect diversity and work together to achieve reconciliation,” he said.

 


He said his visit to the Central and the Uva Provinces had reminded the diversity of Sri Lanka.

 


“This diversity includes people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, different languages, and different religions and beliefs. Celebrating these differences, as well as recognising the values that are shared by all communities, can only contribute to the stability and prosperity of this beautiful island,” he said.

 


During his visit, the High Commissioner met the two Venerable Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters , the indigenous Vedda community in Dambana, the MENCAFEP School for children and young people with disabilities, government officials and members of opposition parties.

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  • Dalubanda Thursday, 06 November 2014 10:39 PM

    What about in Iraq and Libya ??? Same preaching to Arabs?>?>

    crizz Friday, 07 November 2014 05:42 AM

    so should we follow arabs via DM Android App

    Mohamed Friday, 07 November 2014 07:00 AM

    Well said sir !!!. subject of "Manage Diversity " is not in our curriculum and not even university subjects. This popular subject in Western countries and these countries are with more migrants and people with diversified background. Even country like Australia got Diversity Act. This mean companies should hire people with varying background and they believe combining people with varying background and ethnicity enable companies to become more innovative in doing their business. Sri Lanka take long time to understand this and this why we call our self poor nations.

    ibadun Friday, 07 November 2014 07:57 AM

    He is right. Also we should correct our self first and then see other nations, so let we respect each other and accept tolerance

    WK Costha Friday, 07 November 2014 09:08 AM

    Poverty among UK children is 20%. Is it equal among all the ethnicities in there ?

    fazel Friday, 07 November 2014 09:29 AM

    Well said. You have guts to say that because you practice in your country.even you have give oppotunity to claim refuge to those dont have any threat in the country.

    Karthik Friday, 07 November 2014 08:22 PM

    We seem to not discussing sensibly. What happened in 1818 is history. What is happening in Iraq and Libya is not relevant in this context. Let us accept the truth said by the British HC. Are not Buddhists?.

    Karthik Friday, 07 November 2014 08:31 PM

    In CANADA people from over 200 countries are living peacefully. In Buddhist country like ours we are at each others throat. See the recent incidents in ALUTGAMA. We have not learnt even after the happenings in the BLACK JULY 1983. Let us be Human practising DHAMMA

    dilk Friday, 07 November 2014 12:19 PM

    The most important think is not to let any country especially the likes England USA Canada and so forth to let them talk ill about our country, yes these countries do harbor terrorist for their own political gains, and that is how this hypocritical nations work but we should be smart in how we diplomatically handle these situations as we should find ways to make them stop talking ill about our nation as they are the few most jealous nations of the world as they are angry of us not asking any assistance in eradicating terrorism in our nation as we did it alone, i call these nation Geo-political bulluies

    jayanat Thursday, 06 November 2014 06:42 PM

    You must go to Uva and witness the chaos done by British in 1818.No the diversity idiot..Pay us compensation.

    jayanat Thursday, 06 November 2014 06:42 PM

    You must go to Uva and witness the chaos done by British in 1818.No the diversity idiot..Pay us compensation.


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