Lions leader offers to play role in Sri Lanka peace process

July 13 (LBO) – A Sri Lankan businessman who has just been elected president of the International Lions Organization says he hopes to help take forward the Sri Lankan peace process as an internal facilitator. Sri Lankan ‘Lion’ Mahendra Amarasuriya was recently elected as the president of the International Lions organization in Chicago.

He says that if Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse gives them permission the organization has the strength to act as facilitator to solve the island’s ethnic problem in the north and east.

“If the President gives us permission we would like to become internal facilitators for the peace process, Amarasuriya told Vimasuma.com.

“We are able to so because we have a strong presence in the North and East as well as the whole island.”

Amarasuriya says the Lions Club has 15 branches in northern Jaffna alone and has clubs in areas such as Batticaloa and Ampara which are all directly affected by the conflict.

“Even countries like England have pointed out that we should solve our own problems so our organization can act as internal facilitators to solve this issue,” Amarasuriya says.

The Sri Lankan government is continuing its military campaign again