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Provoking hatred among religious and ethnic groups cannot be condoned and will not be allowed to fester here, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

The Prime Minister expressed this sentiment while participating in the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Madhu held last morning. “There are groups that try to promote hatred among different ethnic groups in this country. We cannot allow this to happen,” he said.“All religions preach love and compassion but unfortunately, some groups try to promote hatred against other religions. We cannot allow such provocations to take place in this country,” the Prime Minister added.

“The Madhu Feast is celebrated by people of many ethnicities in this country. They arrive to pay obeisance and receive God’s blessings. The Sinhalese and Tamils worship here together in peace and harmony, as brothers and sisters. Events such as these bring about reconciliation in the country, especially following a conflict.

I have visited two religious events this year. One is in Kataragama where people from the North visit. The second is in Madhu where people visit from the South in large numbers for worship. Madhu is a place of reconciliation,” the PM said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe was the second head of state to attend the Madhu feast. The first was late President Ranasinghe Premadasa. This was revealed by Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, who led the festive mass. (Yohan Perera and Sithum Chathuranga in Madhu)

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  • Arnold Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:05 AM

    Only till the elections in 2020.

    Jaffna Tamil Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:09 AM

    Prime Minister you come from a high caste Sinhalese background from a decent Buddhist family. So you are naturally a respectable and caring man. You should have been the leader of Sri Lanka 40 years ago then there would not have been the LTTE nor the 83 Anti-Tamil riotsnor Tamils being massacred by a foreign Army. Most probably the Tamil problem would have been solved long time ago.

    saman Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:12 AM

    Tamil problem? What Tamil problem?

    mango Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:47 AM

    Saman you are toad in the well....

    TR Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:36 AM

    Saman,You sound similar to criminals answering the Police; “Crime? What Crime?

    Sheri Thursday, 16 August 2018 12:33 PM

    The minority whinging tamils are never satisfied: that is the problem!

    SL Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:40 AM

    but allow separate districts and separate provinces based on the ethnic group's requirement.Recently SLMC has re iterated the requirement of a separate Muslim district in Estern province.These are the triggering points of inter-ethnic hatred

    Dhammika Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:50 AM

    A failed politician for 40 long years RW ,NOW turning out to become a Religious preacher ! .

    Rasheed Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:57 AM

    These hatred and communal unrest are created by the Politicians to gain the minority votes which is the deciding factor in the election. So, it will never end.


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