The recent violent incidents in Kandy district underscore the need to expedite efforts to support national reconciliation, a group of EU Ambassadors who visited the city said today.
The Ambassador of the European Union, Tung-Laï Margue, Romanian Ambassador Dr. Victor Chiujdea and Ambassador of Switzerland Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn visited Kandy from 27-28 March.
Addressing the media in Kandy, they said that Sri Lankans know all too well the consequences of not addressing religious and ethnic hatred.
They reiterated the importance of political, religious and community leaders taking the initiative to counter hate speech and racist stereotypes, a statement issued by the EU Embassy said.
The envoys also emphasised that there must be no impunity for such crimes.
The Ambassadors paid their respects to the Chief Prelate of the Asigiriya Chapter, the Most. Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera and the Chief Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter, the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera.
The envoys welcomed the upcoming meeting of a parliamentary committee, consisting of religious and political leaders from all communities, set up to discuss the issue. They also visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa.
The Ambassadors met representatives of the Muslim community to discuss the recent communal violence, and its aftermath. They expressed their sympathies for the loss of life and the destruction of homes, mosques, and businesses.
Mr Nesan Ariyathurai Wednesday, 28 March 2018 19:48
The only solution for permanent peace in the country is greater autonomy to the merged North and East. That is two states in one country. One cannot mix two languages, two cultures ,two ethnicity, two religions, two different histories into one. We all know that there were two major kingdoms in Ceylon before Britain captured our island. We cannot erase that history. We are just fooling our selves at the moment. Nesan
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voter Wednesday, 28 March 2018 21:08
No wonder this country is in a such a mess when it comes to ethnic harmony. when people with your mentality exists.
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Soam Thursday, 29 March 2018 04:50
Nesan, I understand your agony. But, sentimentality does not solve the issue. All, Sri Lankan need to think broader issues within the internal framework. People are happy to co habit . It is bad policies and bad politicians , the Sri Lankan need to get rid off. Please understand that there is no SEPARATION
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BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 29 March 2018 09:08
Nesan - your solution is absolutely correct, but many Sinhalese are primitive and for them providing even a slight autonomy means separation. They are the frogs in the well, they need to change their perspectives and knowledge of races and religions and the way to respect and obtain respect. Being 95% literate does not guarantee wisdom and majority Sri Lankans is a typical example of that.
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pala Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:52
There had been no separate kingdoms only running kingdoms!.Intruders came more than 100 times and ran away after defeating.That is the truth.
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Sheri Thursday, 29 March 2018 16:19
@Buffaloa: It is you people who are primitive and unrefined – you know where you all come from. The country will not be divided. If you cannot live peacefully with the majority, then that is your problem – likewise to @Nesan!!
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alex Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:11
what is the point of these Diplomats meeting the Mahanayakes?
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wasawasantha Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:03
I deeply worried and regret to say that these mahanayakas never condemn recent Kandy attack,Are they also involved???
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