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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 - 19:03
Government issues statement on Dambulla.
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The government states that it is diligently & thoroughly scrutinising the situation which erupted in Dambulla recently.

Issuing a media release Director General of the Government Information Department Dr. Ariyaratna Athugala stated that plans were already underway to further development activities within the Dambulla sacred site in as short time as possible.

The release also goes onto say that the situation at the Dambulla sacred site is being carefully considered by the President and the Government as a collective.

The release also goes on to note that the Sri Lankan culture has always been inspired by altruism & mutual respect towards each other.

It noted that although extremists and international pressure groups attempted to throw the country off course through promulgating issues within Sri Lankan society, the government as a responsible & democratically elected entity was committed towards responding in an appropriate manner.

Meanwhile Minister of Land & Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon addressing a media briefing held in Colombo today stated that he had received instructions from the president on how to solve this issue.

Speaking during the media briefing Minister Tennakoon went onto explain the status quo regarding the Dambulla situation.

However addressing a media briefing held in Dambulla today the Mahanayake of the Rangiri Dambulla Chapter of the Siamese Sect, Ven. Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero stated that minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon should request for forgiveness from the masses.

In reply to this statement made by Ven. Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Thero, Minister of Land & Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon stated that he was prepared to request for forgiveness, on the premises that only if he had wronged anyone.

But the minister stated that he was not guilty of committing such an act.

In more developments another media briefing was convened by the Allied Muslim Movement this evening to express views on the Dambulla situation.

Expressing his views during this media briefing Western Provincial Councillor of the UNP Mujibur Rahman stated that all Muslim MP's within the government should step down from their portfolios in an expression of dissent towards this.

Rahaman also levelled allegations against the government saying that it was still incapable of apprehending those who had carried out assaults during the incident.

Meanwhile the supreme committee of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is due to gather next Saturday to discuss issues pertaining to the Dambulla incident.

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