Govt committed to Tamils’ rights
President tells Archbishop of Canterbury
COLOMBO: The Government’s aim is to evolve a solution to the
situation in the North and East to ensure that the Tamil people are
protected and assured of their rights, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told
the Archbishop of Canterbury Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams yesterday.
The President who discussed the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka
with the Head of the Anglican Church, said the Government was committed
to a negotiated solution to the Sri Lankan crisis and always stood
firmly by that position.
The Archbishop was also told that the situation regarding Human
Rights abuses had improved in Sri Lanka and that in this regard the
Government was keeping a close tab on the Security Forces.
The President said there could be extraneous forces responsible for
some of the alleged Human Rights violations and apprised Dr. Williams
that the LTTE was carrying on a campaign of mud slinging aimed at
damaging the image of the Government.
There was a frank exchange of views on matters of mutual interest
between the President and the Archbishop.
The Archbishop told the President of some of the impressions gathered
during his visit to Sri Lanka, especially the good relations between
religions in the country.
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister Douglas Devananda, the
Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera, the Bishop of Kurunegala
Rt. Rev. Kumara Ilangasingha, the Secretary to the President Lalith
Weeratunga and Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona were also present.