Sri Lanka PM to set up a council for religious reconciliation to resolve inter-religion issues
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that he accepts the recent announcement of the Buddhist chief prelates and will take steps to set up a council to dispel the suspicions and misconceptions among the religions and build religious reconciliation. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said a religious reconciliation council will be established under the leadership of all religious leaders.
The main objective of this program is to reconcile religions and communities, he added.
The Prime Minister made these remarks at a function held at the Kumme Public Grounds in Baddegama Saturday (08) to distribute benefits to 4,500 Samurdhi beneficiaries. Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister further said that the Maha Sangha has pointed out that there will be no solution by removing Muslims and Tamils from the mainstream.
The Prime Minister pointed out that whatever the religious views they hold, everyone should have the right to practice their religion freely.
Wickremesinghe said that the constitution has established that the priority should be given to Buddhism in Sri Lanka, and all other religions have also accepted that.
The Prime Minister pointed out that on that basis the religious reconciliation council can resolve the issues between the various religions in the country resulting in religious reconciliation.
The arrangements will be made to promptly formulate the laws and regulations necessary to set up the council, he added. Mr. Wickremesinghe said steps will be taken to discuss the matter with the Chief Prelates of the three main Buddhist chapters and the leaders of all other religions.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe emphasized that the confidence of the people in the political system has collapsed and measures should be taken with a new thinking needs to rebuild the people’s confidence.
Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Vajira Abeywardena, Minister of Land and Parliamentary Reforms and Chief Government Whip, Gayantha Karunatilaka, Primary Industries and Social Empowerment Minister Daya Gamage, Monitoring MP of the Samurdhi Ministry Bandula Lal Bandarigoda, people’s representatives and state officials participated in the occasion.