Cannot allow our motherland to be dragged into another civil war : Chandrika

Cannot allow our motherland to be dragged into another civil war : Chandrika

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jun, 2014 | 8:06 pm

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has expressed deep concern over the recent unrest that occurred in some parts of the country.

Issuing a statement, Kumaratunga said she is saddened by the loss of precious lives, the displacement of families and the wanton destruction of property.

In her statement, the Former President notes that it is a matter of great concern that law enforcement has failed to deal with hate-mongering and blatant violation of the law for nearly 18 months.

She reminisces that government connivance with communal violence in 1983 led the country to a terribly destructive war for twenty five years.

She says that while the present government played an essential role in finally bringing an end to the war and terrorism, Sri Lanka has now received an extraordinary opportunity for progress and prosperity by creating a pluralist, inclusive democracy.

She calls on leaders, organisations and individuals, to call on the government to institute an impartial inquiry into the incidents, without delay and to direct the law enforcement authorities to take strict legal action against the instigators and perpetrators.

She adds, “We cannot, we must not allow our motherland to be dragged into another civil war, by a small group of extremists.”

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