Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter Most Venerable Thibbutuwawe Sri Sidhartha Sumangala Thera said that the LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran should not be too hasty as one could not expect the new president to solve the two decades long ethnic problem within two or three weeks and added that all support should be given to him to strengthen him to carry forward the peace process.
The prelate made this statement after invoking blessings on the new Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka when he called on to him at his Aramaya in Malwatte Maha Viharaya yesterday
The new Army Commander offered flowers at Sri Dalada Maligawa and after attending to religious observations paid homage to the Malwatte Mahanayake Thera. After signing the visitor`s book at Sri Dalada Maligawa the new Army Commander pledged to lead the army and work with dedication for the country`s safety.
Speaking further the prelate said that the LTTE had continued to harbour doubts on the actions of the leaders in the South. Presumably they thought that they had been cheated. There was a speculation that war would come again under a Mahinda Rajapakse regime which became a misconception. ?The president sincerely wants to bring peace to all racial and religious groups in the country? he said adding that the parties who brought the president into power should continue to support him in his peace efforts.
?We know that you have honest wish to bring peace and to save the country and we wish you courage and strength to provide leadership in the efforts to bring peace and save the country? the prelate said to the new Army Commander.
The new Army commander pledged to work with dedication to work for the safety of the country and the people in the manner pointed out by the prelate and even at the cost of his life.
Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka was received warmly by Senior Theras of Asgiriya Sangha Sabha led by the Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake most venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera also.
Asgiriya Chapter Anunayake Venerable Galagama Sri Attadassi Thera in his Anmusasana said that the LTTE had violated the conditions of the peace agreement on a number of occasions. ?They kill people but denied that they were responsible for these killings. They claim that it was the work of a ?third force? and if there was such a group it should be brought under control. You should take the lead in this task and Maha Sangha will always be with you? Anunayake Thera said.
Venerable Dr. Godagama Mangala Thera, Venerable Wendaruwe Upali Thera, Venerable Atipola Mahinda Thera, Venerable Ambanpola Dharmarama Thera, Central provincial Commander of the Army Brigadier Lalith Daulugala, Major Rohan Wijesundera, SSP Kandy, Gunatillake Banda, Army Commander`s wife Mrs. Anoma Fonseka, and his daughter Ms. Aparna Fonseka and many other army cadres participated in the event.