Buddhist monk’s life endangered by tsunami aid mechanism

A faction of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka claim the life of another monk is endangered by the proposed tsunami aid mechanism for the north and east. A faction of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka claim the life of another monk is endangered by the proposed tsunami aid mechanism for the north and east. The National Bikkhu Front, a representation of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, says the life of Dambara Amila Thero is in danger, after three days of fasting against the joint mechanism.

“If anything were to happen to Amila Thero, the President will be held directly responsible,” Secretary of the National Bikkhu Front, Kalawelgala Chandraloka Thero told journalists on Monday.

The monks want President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga to abandon plans to work with the LTTE, to deliver tsunami aid to northern and eastern parts of the island.

President Kumaratunga on the other hand, says the proposed mechanism is needed for smooth tsunami reconstruction in LTTE controlled parts of the island and that the agreement is nothing more than an administrative arrangement.

The President also promised the Mahanayakes (the heads of the Buddhist se