Special Announcement by President Maithripala Sirisena on March
(At President's Office)
I decided the
make this special address today,
as a tense situation has
occurred during the last few
days owing to several very
unfortunate incidents in several
parts of the country, causing
disharmony and tensions among
From the past, our country has experienced internal as
well as external struggles. However, ours is a country where Sinhala,
Tamil, Muslim, Burgher and all other communities have lived with peace,
unity and harmony together. If we look at the decade of 1940, we know
how we Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim people worked together like brethren to
free our country from the grip of colonial masters. It was unfortunate
that peace and unity among ethnic groups deteriorated, leaving the
country in a situation of protracted war that brought about many a
You all know that we are a government, that is
dedicated to bring about national harmony and reconciliation. During the
last few days, losses of lives and destruction of property in the areas
of Ampara and Kandy, have given rise to a situation where the normalcy
of everyday life of people in the country. I express my profound
condolences to the families of the deceased and to those who lost their
property. I strongly condemn all criminal activities. I have instructed
the Police to take stern legal actions against those people, groups or
organizations related in any way to these incidents.
I have also instructed the Police, Special Task Force,
Army and public officers as well as regional politicians to act in a
manner promoting peace and to contain tensions in order to create an
environment where all people can live in harmony. In a moment like this,
it is important that we all work together.
I want to mention here that the government is
dedicated to take all actions necessary to strengthen national
reconciliation, peace, trust and friendship among ethnic groups, taking
cognizance of situations like this. All respectfully request from all
Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian religious leaders to advice
regional political leadership to promote and foster peace and harmony as
well as to intervene to restore concord and amity whenever tensions
arise in their areas. I emphasize the fact the Police, Special Task
Force as well as the Army has been deployed round the clock from
yesterday to restore normalcy in the affected areas.
These steps were taken in a special meeting of the
National Security Council to discuss the prevailing situation and a
formal programme has been prepared for future actions after a meeting
with Prime Minister and the Cabinet. As such, I request every citizen of
this country to act peacefully in this situation.
Na hi verena verani
averena ca sammanti
esa dhammo sanantano
(Hatred is, indeed, never appeased by hatred in this
world. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is an eternal law).
We know as Buddhists that Hatred is, indeed, never
appeased by hatred. Therefore, as a Buddhist country, whatever hatred or
violence perpetrated brings shame to our country. At the same time, I
request from everybody, including Hindu, Islam and Christian devotees to
find peace and harmony within their religious philosophy and to work
together to strengthen our freedom and to achieve economic prosperity,
in a peaceful manner.
In order to strengthen political stability in the
country as well as to restore peace, amity and concord among all ethnic
groups in the country, I must mention that the government is committed
to take all necessary actions, while taking the strictest legal actions
against whatever party perpetrating violence.
At the same time, we observe that some are trying to
disturb peace and unleash misinformation and hatred via social media,
rumours and telephone calls. We will take stern actions against them.
I consider this an important opportunity to emphasize
that I will do everything it takes to restore a free and a peaceful
environment in this motherland, which is yours and mine, in order to
everybody to live a happy life.
Thank you all!
May Triple Gems Bless You