Proper mechanism to strengthen ethnic harmony needed- Patali

Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said there should be a proper mechanism to strengthen ethnic harmony and to settle clashes between ethnic groups at the very beginning promptly.

The Minister added that it is important to establish a quick response unit, which operated during the terror period to settle communal unrest with immediate effect without letting minor issues develop as a national issue.

The Minister said so while addressing a media conference at the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Headquarters in Battaramulla yesterday.

Minister Ranawaka urged the government to exercise the law and order properly and impartially without considering the positions. Similarly, he urged the public to act responsibly.

He suggested that the government hold an all communal discussion to strengthen communal harmony and to let people as brothers and sisters of one family.

The Minister said that there are a few miscreants, which use such incidents for gain narrow political mileage.

“These scavengers are the scum of the earth whose hands are stained in blood who try to utilise communal clashes for their petty political gains,” Minister Ranawaka added.

Skills Development and Vocational Training State Minister Karunaratne Paranawitharana said that certain people are trying to convert the Kandy issue into a communal dispute. But, people of the country should be wise enough to act peacefully and in a responsible manner.

According to the Deputy Minister, the Kandy incident is only an isolated one and therefore it is clear that it cannot be considered as a communal dispute.


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