PM says there was a delay in taking action

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Sinhalese Buddhists have been blamed by the whole world for the recent violence just because of this small group

 

Untitled-11By Yohan Perera   

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the weekend accepted that there was a delay in taking action to control the recent clashes in Kandy especially after the initial incident.

“We accept that there was a delay in taking action to control the recent clashes in Kandy especially after the initial incident but that does not mean that one could unleash violence as an answer,” the Prime Minister said at the opening of golden fence at Weheragoda Purana Vihara on Sunday.   


Prime Minister Wickremesinghe therefore urged all parties to resolve whatever issues through peaceful dialogue.   


“People in this country voted for us in 2015 as we promised to bring about a change. However. we were not able to fulfil that promise to the fullest but I would urge all countrymen to resolve whatever issues peacefully,” he said.   “There are issues among the ethnic groups in several parts of the country including Colombo, Jaffna and the East. These issues should be resolved through peaceful dialogue whether one is Sinhalese, Muslim or Tamil. However, few people created havoc through social media. Some actually directly against the Muslims,” he added.   

 

I would urge all countrymen to resolved whatever issues peacefully


He said it is not possible to put the future of youth in jeopardy and added that it is time to decide whether the country is going to ruin the economy which was run painstakingly during the last three years.   
The Prime Minister said even some who often talk about the issues pertaining to Muslims and Sinhalese had informed me that they don’t approve violence. “Only a handful had been engaged in violence and the Sinhalese Buddhists have been blamed by the whole world for the recent violence just because of this small group. Recent violence in Kandy will affect the Buddhists in whole of South Asia,” he said.   


However the Prime Minister said Buddhist monks and other religious leaders have protected the Muslims during the recent riots they should be fully appreciated.   Mr Wickremesinghe reiterated that the Tourism industry would be affected and some of the industrialists have requested him to revive the industry as soon as possible.