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RC Church welcomes LLRC report

The Catholic Church yesterday stressed that the voice of the people who had been caught in the conflict for more than 30 years, is clearly embedded in the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) rather than in the report of the experts panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

According to Colombo Archbishop Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, all citizens, including Christians, have dual challenges ahead of them though the war is ended. “The country faces a challenge on how equality for all communities should be guaranteed in an environment where their dignity and identity is secured.”

He said that the LLRC report will direct the country towards genuine peace and it was a document which is subjected to a wider dialogue in all quarters of the society.

“It portrays the opinions of a cross section of society.” he said.

He was of the view that the commission itself represents all communities and religions. The Archbishop added that the final report of the Commission have made a number of decisions that will lead towards unity.

The Colombo Archbishop was speaking at the annual Christmas celebration which was held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday.

He said that the next challenges ahead of the people is to avert that kind of conflict on Sri Lankan soil again.

The Archbishop said that Sri Lankans can build a peaceful country if they shed all differences in terms of nationality and religion. He hinted that some international forces are operating to deprive the benefits gained by the people through hard won peace.


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