We are not preparing for war, says Premier
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU)
Secretary Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera yesterday exchanged their policy
statements at the foot of the Wariyapola Sri Sumangala statue within the
precincts of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy.
Earlier, the Prime Minister received the blessings of the Triple Gem.
Addressing the gathering, Rajapakse said they had come to an
understanding with the JHU for the Presidential Election, for the
"We are not preparing for war by entering into this agreement with
"We categorically reject war as we all yearn for peace which is
permanent and sustainable for all Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers
and Malays to live and co-exist in an environment free of fear and
suspicion," the Prime Minister said.
Rajapakse said devolving power within the framework of a unitary
state was the Government's responsibility.
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was also committed to
this cause, he said.
"While nurturing Buddhism as clearly prescribed in the country's
Constitution, we will ensure that all other religions too are protected.
People of all ethnic communities, religious and political parties will
"We will strive to eradicate poverty from our land and bring about a
peace loving, law abiding and just society," the Prime Minister said.
"People of all ethnicities, consisting of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims,
Burghers and Malays and belonging to all political parties, the SLFP,
JVP, JHU, CP, LSSP and others should rally together to protect our
nation. This is our pledge at the Sri Dalada Maligawa," he said.
Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera and Ven. Ellawela Medhananda Thera also