Government decides on: Broad development plan for Dambulla sacred
The government in a media communique under the hand of Director
General, Government Information Prof. Ariyarathna Athugala says that
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne and the
government had directed their highest attention to the situation which
occurred at Dambulla recently and they have taken relevant steps to
develop the Dambulla sacred land with a broad development plan that does
not cause any prejudice to any party. The full statement:
Government pays its highest attention on the situation which occurred
at Dambulla recently.
Sri Lanka is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic country and at the same
time a country that maintains a broad social and religious freedom,
according to the constitution which affirms the right of every religion
to carry out their religious activities.
The Sri Lankan society respects their neighbours as to the
constitution, government policies and also traditions prevailing in the
Although some groups, that carry extreme ideas or international
forces try to create unfavorable situation in the country, the
government is highly intended to take the correct decision. The
President, Prime Minister and the government pays the highest attention
on the situation occurred at Dambulla recently and has taken relevant
steps to develop the Dambulla sacred land with a broad development plan
that does not cause any prejudice to any party.
As to the decisions made in the discussions with the Prime Minister
and discussions among the Mahanayake Theras including Asgiri Chapter and
Dambulla Chapter, other religious clergy, politicians, government
officers, Security Forces and other relevant parties, it is decided to
take necessary further steps.
It is a responsibility and a duty of all the parties to secure the
benefits we get through the rapid development which occurred in the
country after thirty years of conflict, and prevent conflicts that may
occur with these kinds of misunderstandings by taking decisions
patiently and responsibly, the statement added.