Don’t get caught in LTTE trap warns Malwatte Mahanayake

By Cyril Wimalasurendre, Kandy Corr.
Do not hastily de-ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and get caught in a trap, Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake Thero of Malwatte warned the Power and Energy Minister and Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Karu Jayasuriya on Saturday afternoon.

The prelate told Minister Jayasuriya that he was against the lifting of the ban on the LTTE as was reported in the newspapers of that day (Saturday 8).

The prelate said, we need peace and we are for peace. But we do not wish to see that everything is given for the sake of peace, the Mahanayake Thero said.

Please tell the leadership not to give away everything like letting out cattle from a shed, the prelate said.

He said, peace talks can be held while the ban on the LTTE continues. Lifting of the ban could be done after talks. Ban is not a barrier.

However, the prelate expressed his satisfaction over the talks in Japan by the Sri Lanka Sangha, recently.

"We must welcome advice and assistance from countries like Japan and China to develop our agriculture" he said.

Jayasuriya responding to the statements of the prelate said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is taking a genuine interest in the restoration of peace in this country.

The Prime Minister acts with commitment to return peace to the nation which was burdened with the disastrous war for nearly two decades, Jayasuriya noted.

Jayasuriya later called on the prelate of Asgiriya Ven. Udugma Sri Buddharakkitha Thero.

Ven. Buddharakkitha said that the conferences in Japan were very useful and successful.

However those in Japan expressed concern over the non-representation from Malwatte Chapter in the conferences in Japan attended by the Sri Lanka Sangha.

Copies of agreements arrived at the conferences in Japan were presented to the Mahanayake Theros by the Minister.

Dr. Purnaka de Silva of the UNO and Prof. Anuradha Seneviratne were present on the occasion.