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 Post subject: Prelates warn: Withdraw JM
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2005 1:01 pm 
Prelates warn: Withdraw JM
Four Mahanayakes give notice to President

@ DM / 10JUN2005

As the government and the country were embroiled in one of the gravest crises yesterday, the four Mahanayake Theras in an unprecedented move issued a tough statement, telling President Chandrika Kumaratunga they were strongly opposed to the proposed Post-tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) or Joint Mechanism with the LTTE.

The Buddhist prelates in a statement to the President said the condition of the JHU General Secretary Omalpe Sobhitha Thera -- who is fasting unto death to demand the withdrawal of the JM -- was very serious and the President must respond to the situation immediately.

The Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakitha Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, the Ven. Weweldeniya Medhalankara Mahanayake Thera of the Ramanna Nikaya and the Ven. Dauldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thera of the Amarapura Nikaya urged the President to rehabilitate the tsunami affected Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities through a national committee comprising all parties represented in parliament without involving the LTTE which they described as a racist, separatist and terrorist group.

The Mahanayakes said the President had not informed the public, parliament or her cabinet about the full contents and conditions in P-TOMS.

They said that if the President did not respond immediately to the demand of the fasting monk, they would have no option but to issue a decisive Sangha edict to gather the Maha Sangha and the people together at one place to decide on a course of action.

The Mahanayaka Theras also expressed serious concern over the tension in Trincomalee, Vavuniya and other parts of the North-East over the destruction of Buddhist places of worship and urged the government to take action to stop LTTE terrorism that was threatening the interests, heritage and livelihood of the Buddhist people.

The tough statement by the Mahanayakes came amidst widespread speculation that the President would sign the deal with the LTTE anytime now and that other drastic measures including the dissolution of Parliament might take place after that.

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