Activist monk accuses govt of surrendering to foreign machinations


Ven Elle Gunawansa Thera in conversation with former Digadulla District MP and former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral (Rtd) Sarath Weerasekera. Looking on is former Civil Defence Force Director General Rear Admiral (Rtd) Ananda Peiris.

(Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)

by Harischandra Gunaratna

Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera yesterday said that there India, the US and the UK were bent on undermining Sri Lanka’s sovereignty in a bid to grab the country’s natural resources as well as employment opportunities.

The Thera addressing a symposium titled ‘Federalism and Reconciliation’ organised by the ‘Yuthukama’ Organisation at the Public Library, Colombo said the incumbent government had simply given in to India supported by the US, the UK etc.

He said: "These elements are hell bent on wiping out Buddhism from the country and tried every possible method unsuccessfully and now there is a subtle move by them to remove from the constitution the clause which says the government is bound to protect and nourish Buddhism and they are also out to silence the Buddhist monks."

The monk warned the government that it would not succeed in its endeavour as it would not last long.

The Thera cautioned that there was a move by the government to legalise homosexuality with the backing of a prominent politician and if that was done the country would head for a disastrous situation.

He said the government plan to hand over land and police powers to the provincial councils was a dangerous move as full powers of northern and eastern provincial councils would be handed over to politicians advocating separatism.

The monk warned that if it that happened a large number of archaeological sites numbering nearly 300 in the east and a lesser number in the north would be in peril while those in the south would have to seek permission from politicians in those area to visit those sacred places.

Gevindu Cumarantunga, founder of "Yuthukama" organisation said the government was demoralising the security forces by releasing the LTTE cadres held in custody for serious offences under various pretexts and throwing soldiers behind bars on some flimsy pretext.

Cumaranatunga was of the view that if the government wanted to pardon hardcore Tigers, it should offer an amnesty to both the security forces personnel and the LTTE.

The government was on a witch hunt against opposition politicians and it had to be brought to an end, he said, warning of the dangers of the ETCA agreement, which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge vowed last week to sign towards the end of the year.

Cumaranatunga hailed former parliamentarian and former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral (Rtd) Sarath Weerasekera as the only parliamentarian who had worked according to his conscience opposing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which was inimical to the sovereignty of the country.

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