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Mahanayakas urge peace brokers to act impartially

by L.B. Wijayasiri in Kandy

Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Maha Vihara Chapter told Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka on Friday that Norwegian Peace Broker and the Monitoring Committee should fulfil their task sincerely and without bias.

The people of this country were not very happy about some activities of the Monitoring Committee and their attitude towards spate of violence on the part of the LTTE. Even the day before yesterday there was a protest campaign in the capital of Sri Lanka-Colombo against the attitude of the Norwegian peace brokers. It clearly indicated the dissatisfaction of the people. They should be honest and impartial in their Monitoring activities added the Mahanayake Thera. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar accompanied by his mother during his visit to Norwegian funded Cultural Triangle Projects in Kandy paid a courtesy call on most Ven. Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter at the latters Aramaya in Kandy.

Ambassador and Mahanayake Thera had a discussion openly on the activities of the Central Cultural Fund but continued their discussions on the role of the Norwegian government and the Monitoring Committee for more than one hour which section of the discussion was not open to the media.

After the discussions Ambassador Hans Brattskar told the media that the commitment of the Norwegian Government was to work out strategies to help Sri Lanka government and the LTTE to resume peace talks, which has unduly delayed.

In reply to questions by Media he added that the Norwegian government did not take a side in doing so and their main objective was to bring the two parties together at the earliest.

In reply to another question by the Media, Ambassador Brattskar said that the Norwegian government would not control violence by the LTTE. Most Ven. Mahanayake Thera said that the work on the restoration of historic Buddhist Temples undertaken by the Central Cultural Fund was unduly delayed and it was better that the funds were distributed among those temples in instalments so that they carry out those work under the supervision of the Cultural Triangle.

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