Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) and Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has stressed that promotion of peace and reconciliation are essential for the economic development of the country.
She made this observation addressing the All Island School Art and Essay Competition awards ceremony held at the BMICH recently. Over 9, 000 school students submitted art and essays on the theme ‘Unity and Diversity is the Strength of Our Nation’.
In her speech she stated that Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was able to develop Singapore as a high-level modern economy in the world through creating reconciliation among the people. It is lamentable extremists are trying to undermine the peace and reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. A handful of people are igniting the flames of religious extremism.
“I am a good Buddhist. What is more regrettable is the fact that a group of Buddhist monks indulge in extremism. That is a minor group. A majority of monks are good. Yet, what is highlighted most is the extremist voice from a few. We should not stop doing what is needed in fear of these extremist few,” she lamented.