EASTER SUNDAY CARNAGE COULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED
IF NOT FOR PARTY POLITICS, COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: BISHOP
The Easter Sunday carnage would have been averted if party politics were overcome and if the communication breakdown between the Executive, Defence Establishments and government officials did not occur, Sri Lanka Catholic Bishops Conference said yesterday.
It is appropriate to convert this disaster into a turning point
President of the Catholic Bishops Conference Bishop Winston Fernando expressed this sentiment at a media conference last afternoon.
“It is appropriate to convert this disaster into a turning point and there by developing mutual trust among the people of all religions and ethnic groups in the country,” Bishop Fernando said.
“One must look at the situation in a positive manner,” he added.
He said Muslims cannot be blamed for the tragedy as it had been carried out by a small group.
Secretary General of the Bishops Conference Bishop of Chilaw Valance Mendis said it is essential to find out the truth about the Easter Sunday Mayhem.“we need to find who is responsible for it,” he said. He said justice should prevail when it comes to the events of Easter Sunday.
Asked whether the Bishops are satisfied on the role played by the
Muslims cannot be blamed for the tragedy as it had been carried out by a small group
government on ensuring the safety after the bomb attacks, Cardinal Ranjith said the government is trying. “We requested the government to search all houses in Negombo but that had not been done. He charged that some who were involved in the clash last Sunday had taken out swords which they had hidden in a canal. Also he said the request made by him to close liquor shops in Negombo after the clashes last Sunday was not heeded by the government. He said politicians should not intervene to get those who are arrested released and to stop search operations.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference was held yesterday under the patronage of Colombo’s Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at its headquarters in Borella with the participation of Bishops of their respective dioceses. PIC PRADEEP PATHIRANA