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All Senior Buddhist Monks and Laity Reject MOU, Warn Against LTTE Intentions, and Future Disasters

Today- Saturday- all the leading Buddhist monks and Buddhist lay organizations issued a statement addressed to Sri Lanka's President, Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, Ministers and Members of Parliament warning against LTTE intentions, expected future disasters and rejecting the MOU. This is the first time that this degree of cooperation among the highest monks and lay organizations has occurred since Independence. Because it is a very important document, no summary is attempted. The full authorized translation of the text is given below. The original Sinhala signed document will be available as soon as possible as a PDF attachment once it is scanned.

TRANSLATION OF A MEMORANDUM ADDRESSED

To:
Her Excellency the President,
The Prime Minister,
The Leader of the Opposition,
The Honourable Ministers, Members of Parliament, and the People of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

For the first time in our history, ominous signs threatening the break up of the 2500 year long unitary character of our motherland are already visible Therefore, we consider it our duty and responsibility to place before you the following facts for your earnest consideration.

We are conscious of the fact that successive governments during the last two decades adopted various strategies to rid our country of the menace of terrorism. We have also been carefully observing the peace efforts of the present Government. And, hitherto, we refrained from commenting on them partly because of our deep commitment to peace and partly because we felt it incumbent on our part to allow the new Government to translate its pledges into action.

Yet, in view of what transpired at Velupillai Prabhakaran's Press Conference on the 10th of April it appears to us that the so-called peace process initiated with the MOU now in place is primarily aimed at the establishment of Eelam rather than achieving real peace. Hope of peace therefore has completely collapsed. In these circumstances, the LTTE is not interested in peace but in the establishment of a powerful Tamil state within the territory of Sri Lanka. This will be inevitable unless we resist it with all our might. And the failure to prevent it will result in the subjugation of the majority race by the minority Tamils and the extermination of the Sinhala race and the Buddha Sasana from this island. It is therefore the bounden duty of every member of the Maha Sangha and lay people to do their utmost to prevent the designs of the Tamil terrorists from becoming Eelam a reality.

We also wish to draw your especial attention to the following basic and non-negotiable conditions from the point of view of the Sinhala people:-

1. The existing ban on the LTTE as the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world should not be lifted under any circumstances

2. The Northern and the Eastern Provinces (the latter being part of the Kandyan Kingdom) should never be merged. (No referendum is necessary to determine this)

3 Security forces and Police stations should not be withdrawn from the North and East.

4. The Unitary character of the Constitution should be further strengthened and continued unaltered as it has always been.

5. A federal or quasi federal system or a confederacy is totally unacceptable to the overwhelming majority of people in this country and should never be established

6. We are equally opposed to the proposed Interim Administration for the Northern and Eastern Provinces as it paves the way for Tamil Eelam and we see that it has neither a legal basis nor justification.

Finally, we wish to reiterate that it must be the concern of every citizen who considers Sri Lanka as his/her motherland to extend a helping hand to preserve and protect our national sovereignty and territorial integrity and thus work towards an honourable peace to all sections of the people.

Sgd: Rambukvelle Sri Vipassi Most venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Malvatta Chapter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd: Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita Most venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Cahpter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd: Madihe Pannasiha Most Venerable Uttaritara Mahanayaka Thera of the Amarapura Nikaya

Sgd: Veveldeniye Medhalankara Most Venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Ramanna Maha Nikaya

Sgd: Bellana Sri Gnanawimala Most Venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Kotte Chapter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd:Ambalangoda Sumangala Most Venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Amarapura Nikaya

Sgd: Ambanvelle Pannasekera Venerable Anunayake Thera of the Malvatta Chapter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd: Galagama Sri Atthadassi Venerable Anunayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd; Alutgama Dhammananda Venerable Nayaka Thera of the Malvatta Karaka Sabha

Sgd; Professor Warakave Dhammaloka Secretary of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd: Urulewatte Dhammarakkhita Deputy Secretary, Asgiriya Cahpter of the Siam Nikaya

Sgd: Medagama Dhammananda General Secretary, Lanka Bauddha Sanrakkshana Sabha

Sgd: Daranagama Kusaladhamma Deputy Secretary, Jatika Sangha Sabha Civil Society Organizations

Sgd; R.S.Wanasundara- Retired Judge of the Supreme Court President, National Joint Committee

Sgd: Dr Piyasena Dissanayake General Secretary, Sinhala Jatika Sangamaya

Sgd: S.W.Walpita - Retired Judge of the Supreme Court Chairman, Sinhala Commission

Sgd; T.Gamini Perera President, Success, Colombo

Sgd; Y.W.Gunawardhana President, Dharma Vijaya Foundation

Sgd:Priyanta Ratnayake Secretary, Sinhala Veera Vidahana

Sgd; Indrani Devendra Secretary, All Ceylon Buddhist Women's ASSOCIATION

Sgd; Wimala Somaratne President, National Council of Buddhist Women

Sgd; Upatissa Karunaratne President, Sasana Sevaka Samitiya, Maharagama

Translation certified correct by Dr Piyasena Dissanayake General Secretary, National Joint Committee


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