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  • Calls upon President and PM to neutralise extremists on all sides immediately
  • Appeals to all religious leaders and people to reject all forms of communal or religious violence
  • Says no difference between the terrorists who slaughtered hundreds and those who set country on fire
  • Wants sternest punishment under law for those spreading violence

 

Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya yesterday appealed for peace as well as action by President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe to stem communal violence.

Karu Jayasuriya

“The future of Sri Lanka will be decided by the way people behave in the next few days. If communal violence cannot be prevented, terrorists will be able to legitimise their crime, as they did once in 1983. I call upon the President and PM to neutralise extremists on all sides immediately,” Speaker Jayasuriya said in a statement.

The Speaker appealed to all religious leaders and intelligent people to come together at a time like this to reject outright any form of communal or religious violence. “If we forgo this responsibility, then we will add another indelible mark to our history. Anyone who supports such forces are traitors to this country,” the Speaker said in his statement adding that there is no difference between the terrorists who slaughtered hundreds of people including children and those who set the country on fire.

He said that forces behind all such groups are those who are unable to distinguish between right and wrong and those who have become pawns in the hands of those who want to push forward their senseless and cruel agendas.

“Such persons must be brought before the law and given the severest punishment,” he said.

The Speaker appealed to all Sri Lankans to stand up against such forces who are hell bent on destroying the future of the country and its people and desist from aiding such forces in any manner.

“No force should be allowed to burn the fires of communal or religious violence in the country and destroy the future of the sons and daughters of this land,” the Speaker said.

 

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