"UN, Commonwealth behind communal tensions"

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International forces like the UN and Commonwealth Union are gearing up to force Sri Lanka to hold a referendum to set up a devolution unit by merging the North and the East, led Anti Imperialist Peoples Movement (AIPM) charged yesterday

AIPM Co-convener Venerable Dhambara Amila Thera told a news conference yesterday that the sudden Anti Muslim feeling that was brewing up in the country had hand work of these international organizations.

Venerable Thera said such a campaign was being carried out to distance the Muslims from the Sinhalese and bring them closer to Tamils for a certain reason.

This reason, he said, was to get the Muslim to support a merger of North and the East Provinces in the event of a referendum.

He said a Tamil Muslim Cooperation would be favorable to get a pro-merger result at a referendum. This he said because 33 percent of the population in the East was Muslims while there was also a 33 percent population of Tamils as well in the province.

Further he said the country was in a decisive stage with the US backed resolution in the UNHRC was to be taken up in March. In addition he said the Commonwealth was also gearing up to take action against Sri Lanka.

Venable Thera also charged that the World Bank and the International Monitory Fund (IMF) are trying to get the government to bring in a Bill to set up private University.

He said the GCE Advanced Level Results were set up with this objective in mind. Therefore over 130,000 students had been qualified to enter university as per the results while only 20,000 would be selected.

He said results had been manipulated to make 130,000 students to qualify to enter universities. The plan was to show that private universities were a dire need, he claimed.

AIPM had therefore decided to hold two simultaneous protests marches and a rally at Hyde Park on Wednesday.

One protest march would proceed to Hyde Park from D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha near Lake House while the other one would proceed from Punchi Borella. Several political parties and civil organizations are expected to participate in this campaign, sources said. (Yohan Perera)
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  • Dalu bandara Monday, 04 February 2013 02:37 AM

    It appears that he misunderstood "North - South 'directions.

    Fusion Monday, 04 February 2013 09:02 AM

    Probably the same reason as Sri Lankan born aussies and 1st generation Aussies with SL parents supporting Sri Lanka during Aus Vs. SL cricket matches.

    DireStraits Monday, 04 February 2013 02:51 AM

    Really ? If so then why are the Budu Bala Senawa and the likes so actively whipping up communal disharmony? What have you done to counter attack them from alienating the other communities. Remember, when you point your finger, there are 3 more pointing back at you.

    jaoh bias Tuesday, 05 February 2013 02:48 AM

    yes muslim dont want any devolution or any part just all parts because they have been doing well on the tamil problem and have buisness all over the island and to build mosques.

    jayantha silva Monday, 04 February 2013 09:33 AM

    You have some very good intetions. I think you have all the peace you need to practice your religion . You too , must reciprocate. The blocking of main roads outside mosques in violation of all traffic rules is a simple example.

    SB Monday, 04 February 2013 09:34 AM

    Must be trying for a tax free car permit

    Fusion Monday, 04 February 2013 04:19 AM

    These fake robed venerables make me vomit!

    sri lankan Monday, 04 February 2013 04:21 AM

    absolutely true, the only person who can see the the western imperialist deception on Mahinda govt.

    Dammika Monday, 04 February 2013 04:20 AM

    We Buddhist will never support monks who follow hate .... Buddha never taught this path.

    gowravi Monday, 04 February 2013 03:09 PM

    Pls preach the religion and stay away from politics

    Game Kolla Monday, 04 February 2013 03:18 PM

    All this time I was under impression that this priest was a genuine person...It looks like he is( dhaval migel re daniyel type)
    Or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hide type.

    Sumanasiri Monday, 04 February 2013 04:28 AM

    Today we celebrate our freedom. Freedom to be asses. Asses who will believe any cock and bull story.

    shameer Monday, 04 February 2013 03:50 PM

    tuan, you have said it straight...

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 04 February 2013 10:14 AM

    Be Beware! Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.

    lankan Monday, 04 February 2013 05:11 AM

    im a muslim myself n a sri lankan too....not in anyway do we have ideas to have problems or to keep away from the sinhalese people...although we are of different relgions....we still r sri lankans..same as we support are sri lankan cricket team when they win or even when lose...we still are sri lankans as a nation..with unity,,we dont need a different state or a particular district or provonce for us...we want to live with peace all around the country as we r today and as all the sinhalese are spread..we the sri lankans hv no need to capture sinhalese land n form different states in this country...yes but we only want to practise our religion with peace..

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 04 February 2013 10:19 AM

    Monks To the Front Line

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 04 February 2013 10:22 AM

    Does The Government Know What Civil Disobedience Is.This Is The Start Up.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 04 February 2013 10:23 AM

    The Puppets Are Trying To Show Their Power.

    Lucky Weeramantry Monday, 04 February 2013 10:32 AM

    All Unsuccessful Protests Start From Hyde Park. Why Not Start One From The Nearest Temple, Then It May Be A Success.

    redrose Monday, 04 February 2013 04:49 PM

    There are evidence that Norwegian ambassador was in side the Bodu Bala sena office while the meeting was held. This is because the western world want to oppose the srilanka at the UN council by the muslim contries which were support last time. then their plans will be successful, they try to invade srilanka by using the LTTE name, but they want to do that by great buddist clerics.

    Ann Monday, 04 February 2013 10:42 AM

    They're free to support any team they want.. gosh just because they support another team that doesn't mean the world will come to a standstill.

    Think Sri Lankan's have better things and bigger problems to worry about than cricket teams

    lankantuan Monday, 04 February 2013 10:40 AM

    muslims in sri lanka did not demand for a separate state at any day. we dont want to refer the history of muslims where or how they came to sri lanka, its out of the question but now we muslims are sri lankan. We dont know for how more years we are going to live in this world, this is life on a temperory basis, soon or later we will depart ALLAH knows the best. We wanted to live peaceful life with all other religions. We did not create any differences with sinhalese but few extrmists are trying to sideline us. i have many friends from the sinhalese communities than our muslims. I mean very good friends and wel understanding. we are not in stone ages so keep away the differences show the world we are one and togather. those who tried to create anti religion stop them from the grass root make them understand. educated them as per the buddhist teaching

    ravisandu Monday, 04 February 2013 10:42 AM

    “It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt” ― Mark Twain

    Ann Monday, 04 February 2013 10:48 AM

    If there are checks and balances to ensure that private uni's provide quality education and recognized qualifications so that people don't get taken in by fly-by-night operations, then what's the big deal? it'll probably be cheaper than having to send your kids abroad.

    What about Budu Bala Senawa and the like actively whipping up communal disharmony and alienating minorities? Are they somehow part of this foreign conspiracy as well?

    We should stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for our own action

    Anosh Monday, 04 February 2013 06:22 PM

    we salute you for speaking the true facts

    Chicago Monday, 04 February 2013 06:28 PM

    We a still struggling for freedom. In sri lanka
    Selfish country. ...

    Jamal Monday, 04 February 2013 11:22 AM

    Musawaada veramani sikkapadam gachchamiiiii

    Shafraz zahir Monday, 04 February 2013 11:45 AM

    What about you guys blocking the main Roads and disturbing the public on working days for baseless picketing's

    Mason Monday, 04 February 2013 06:54 AM

    Whenever you act contrary to accepted norms and practices and become unpopular, it has become a habit conjure up the theory that international forces are involved behind the scene. It is high time you drop this bogey and look within yourselves and correct your faults.

    Shafraz zahir Monday, 04 February 2013 11:52 AM

    This would be the perfect reply. but i have a strong doubt if the present day people who claims they sinhala Biddhists ever understood the real meaning of their prayer.

    Frank Monday, 04 February 2013 07:13 AM

    Enough with the various conspiracy theories and blaming the west for everything! Its time that we take responsibility fr our actions and make the necessary changes where required.

    paul Monday, 04 February 2013 07:19 AM

    What is wrong with private universities? The rich pay money to private companies to educate their children, the private companies pay taxes and there are more places in government universities for the less fortunate. Everyone is a winner! His views on western support for the moslem community is wrong - and dangerous.

    Sam Monday, 04 February 2013 07:33 AM

    unless and until we accept that all people who live in this country are Sri Lankans with equal rights, irrespective of which race or religion they belong to, we are not going to find real peace nor prosperity in this country.

    raa-one Monday, 04 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Some politicians are making the people laugh by being a joker. but this time we all will get mad. What is literacy level in our country? via DM Android App

    Nodrog Monday, 04 February 2013 08:01 AM

    Like what your'e saying, its good. But then why do Muslims support Pakistan when they play against Sri lanka?

    terrance Monday, 04 February 2013 12:36 PM

    Guess who is behind his statement etc of course MR&Co

    Fairose Monday, 04 February 2013 12:39 PM

    Muslims do not support 'Pakistan' in a cricket match against sri lanka. They always cheer and support the country -SRI LANKA. Yes, some handful of muslims do cheer for 'Pakistan', they are boras and bhai's who have decendency from india and pakistan.

    edward Monday, 04 February 2013 12:50 PM

    This is a baseless topics , no body in sri lanka wanna the way he talks , we been living with all comunities together all times , we dont wanna to be panic on this statement ,
    As in the past we dont need to go deep on to this , Who ever talk against on UN ,Commonwealth Union, or any forign country , he is looking for a BMW, Benez car , and shut his mouth this is a normal pactrice in sri lanka .

    Nithya Monday, 04 February 2013 08:13 AM

    You mean Bodu Bala Sena is an agent of certain outside powers?

    PissuGootha Monday, 04 February 2013 08:23 AM

    Clerics of any religion should be banned form appearing or even speaking of Politics, They should only preach and practice what they preach.


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