President responds to Chief Prelates

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has responded in writing to the proposals forwarded by Sri Lanka’s four Buddhist Chapters on the steps to be taken in order to resolve the crises faced by the country at present.

Secretary of the Buddhasasana Ministry Prof. Kapila Gunawardena handed over the letter to the Chief Prelates of all Buddhist Chapters yesterday (24).

The Chief Prelates of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Chapters urged the President, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader, and all Members of Parliament to implement the Mahanayake Theras’ proposals to resolve the country’s current crises.

In a four-point joint statement, the Chief Prelates also warned that if the political leadership fails to act, a ‘Sangha Convention’ would be declared.

The Mahanayaka Theras have also issued a call for ministers, MPs, and officials to use their positions for the benefit of the people.

The statement contains four key proposals that the entire political mechanism should address.

The statement also expressed regret over the Government’s and politicians’ failure to pay adequate attention to the Mahanayake Theras’ proposals, for solutions to the current crisis, which were submitted on 4 April.

The joint statement was signed by Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayaka Thera of the Siyamopali Maha Nikaya – Malwathu Chapter, Most Ven. Dr. Warakagoda Dhammasiddi Sri Gnanarathabidhana Mahanayake Thera of the Siyamopali Maha Nikaya – Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven. Dodampahala Chandrasiri Maha Nayaka Thera of Sri Kelayanivasa, Amarapura Maha Nikaya and Maha Nayaka Thera of the Ramanna Maha Nikaya, Most Ven. Makulewe Wimalaabhidana Thera.

BY K.L. Suraweera – Kandy