Leave no room for extremists, Mahanayake tells Cader


By Cyril Wimalasurendre

Mahanayake of Asgiriya

KANDY – Some extremist groups might try to create incidents but they should not be allowed to lead to crisis situations, Most Venerable Mahanayake of Asgiriya Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera said when the Deputy Environment Minister R. M. Abudl Cader called on him on Saturday 16.

Sri Lanka was home to all its communities and therefore all communities should live in harmony, the Mahanayake Thera noted.

There might be extremists, both racial and religious, and they might act irresponsibly, but those responsible citizens should take necessary action to maintain peace and amity without allowing such unfortunate situations to aggravate, he said.

He said communal clashes would also tarnish Sri Lanka’s image internationally. Therefore, it was incumbent upon all communities to defeat extremism and promote racial and religious amity, he said.

Most Ven. Buddharakkitha Thera said that he was aware that the Deputy Minister Cader had joined the government being satisfied with the country’s progress under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Muslims had been co-existing with the majority Sinhala community throughout history and they had never supported separatism and never would they allow the dismemberment of the country, he said.

The Deputy Minister also called on Venerable, Dr. Medagama Dhammananda and Venerable Gallelle Saddhatissa, who are members of the Asgiriya Karake Sangh Sabha.

Deputy Minister Cader expressed his desire to assist the conservation of Mullegama Pansala of Asgiriya Vihare.


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