Sri Lanka President calls for religious harmony

Feb 04, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for religious harmony on the island’s Independence Day amid recent violence and rhetoric directed against the island’s Muslim minority by nationalist groups. Bhuddism, which is followed by a majority of the inhabitants of Sri Lanka came to the island from the Indian subcontinent and advocates non-violence to all living beings.

Sri Lanka ended a 30-year with Tamil separatists in 2009 and some nationalist groups have started attacking mosques and called for Sinhalese customers to stay away from Muslim shops reminiscent of German Volksaktion that culminated in the Judenboycott of the 1930s.

“It is necessary to state on this occasion that as much as racism, religious differences too can be a cause for the destruction of a country,” President Rajapaksa said in the text of his speech.

“If anyone is trying to build religious rivalry in Sri Lanka again, they do not serve their religion, but serve the interests of separatism in the country.

“We cannot leave room for what could not be achieved through terrorism to be gained by this.”

President’s Rajapaksa said in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, in the East including in Trincomalee