Buddhist monks say joint mechanism only over their dead bodies

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 27 April 2005, 11:58 GMT]
Norway’s special peace envoy, Mr. Eric Solheim and US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca have no right to ask the Government of Sri Lanka to set up a joint mechanism with the Liberation Tigers for distributing Tsunami aid in the northeast, said Ven. Kalawalgale Chandaloka Thero, general secretary of the National Bikkhu Front, an ultra Sinhala nationalist organization of Buddhist monks, addressing a press conference in Colombo Wednesday. “The joint mechanism can be established only over our dead bodies”, he declared. The National Bikkhu Front (NBF) said it will launch a campaign from Thursday to collect signatures from the public against the joint mechanism.

NBF will file action in the Supreme Court to stop the joint mechanism, Ven. Chandaloka said.

“This government was elected by the people. Not by Rocca. The people brought this government to power to fight separatism. But some persons in it are trying to betray this country. They should leave the government”, the monk said.

“Neither the Tigers, nor Soheim nor the government can implement the joint mechanism as long as there are Buddhist monks who are opposed to separatism”, Ven. Chandaloka emphasized.

He said the NBF has already collected thirty thousand signatures from Buddhist monks which are to be sent to President Chandrika Kumaratunga.


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