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“War crime charges unacceptable”: President


The President Mahinda Rajapakse has charged that elements who have easily forgotten the killings of Buddhist monks, children, thousands of people and leaders of the country, are now talking only of taking him and war heroes who made many sacrifices for the country, before a War Crimes Tribunal.

President Rajapaksa was speaking at the presentation of the Sannaspatra to the chief incumbents of temples declared as sacred places by Gazette notification at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. The President who made an unprecedented contribution to the uplift of Buddhism was also felicitated by the Buddhist monks. Over 3,000 Buddhist monks representing the Sasanarakshaka Balamandalayas around the country invoked blessings on the President chanting Seth Pirith.

He went on that his political opponents are trying to support the conspiracy from abroad to try war heroes before a tribunal of war crimes. His next endeavour is to establish discipline in the country in our path towards development in the aftermath of terrorism. The blessings of the Maha Sangha are always with him. The government created an environment in the country where the people have become more closely engaged in Buddhist activities.

He added that he is the only person capable of abolishing the Executive Presidency in the event it is to be abolished. It is hilarious to say that the Executive Presidency would be abolished in 100 days. A two thirds majority is a pre-requisite for such a move. It is only this government that enjoys a two thirds majority.

Mahanayake of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya, the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara Thera, Anunayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Niyangoda Vigithasiri Thera, Mahanayake of Ramanna Maha Nikaya Most Ven. Napane Pemasiri Thera and Adhikarana Sanganayake of Colombo and Chilaw and Chancellor of Kelaniya University Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera and Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne were also present. 


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