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Will Not Allow Any Interference of Foreign Judges & Courts – President

(Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera makes his statement at the UN Human Rights Council promising international participation in accountability mechanisms . Image credit – Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes he will not allow any foreign court, judge or organization interfere into the internal administration and judiciary in the country in future too.

“Though whatever views are expressed in various places regarding bringing of foreign judges and establishing of foreign military courts to take actions against the so called human rights violations during the period of war” he said.

The President was speaking at the 70th National Upasampada Vinayakarma (Higher Ordination) ceremony of Sri Lank Ramanna Maha Nikaya, held today (July 8) at the Town Hall Playground in Panadura.

He added that he would not allow any national or international activity which challenges the freedom, independence and the territorial integrity of the country. He pledged the Maha Sanga that he would not hesitate to act for the freedom and the independence of the motherland.

“It is the policy of the current government to act according to the advice and guidance of the venerable Maha Sanga in its every activity related to the national security and other matters”, he said. The President said he would be committed to protect Sri Lankan society by respecting the proud history of the country as a Buddhist as well as the Head of the State.

He ensured the Maha Sanga that he would be dedicated to strengthen and nurture the place for Buddhism in the constitution.

The 70th Upasampada Maha Vinaya Karma of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya will be held from today to July 16 at the Udakukkepa Sima Malakaya in Panadura.

The religious ceremony is held at the Vidyaraja Piriven Viharaya in Gorakapola, Panadura. The President who arrived in the temple met the Chief Incumbent of the Temple and looked into his well-being.

He also presented the certificates and the honorary awards to the ordinated Bhikkus at the ceremony held in the Town Hall Playground.

A Chinese Buddhist monk Ven. Sheeng Sheng offered a souvenir to the President at this occasion.

Mahanayaka of Ramanna Maha Nikaya Most Ven. Napane Premasiri Thero presented the PRamanna Wanshaya and Patipada souvenir volume to the President. The President offered the Vijinipatha (the fan) which is used at the Upasampada Vinayakarma, to the Maha Nayaka Thero.

Maha Nayaka of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya, Aggamaha Panditha, Most Ven. Napane Premasiri Thero, Most Ven. Doranagoda Vijithasena Anu Nayaka Thero, Most Ven. Varagoda Premarathana Thero, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and foreign diplomats participated in this occasion.

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