Religious leaders ready to support Fonseka

Religious leaders ready to support Fonseka

3 May 2019 11:02 am

Catholic and Buddhist religious leaders are reportedly getting ready to take a stand against the President if he does not relinquish his responsibilities pertaining to the national security, law and order to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

After the Easter Sunday attacks, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka recently met with Catholic religious leaders including Cardinal Malcolm Ranjth and also Mahanyaka Theros of the Asgiri and Malwathu Chapters to discuss the country’s current state of national security and the dire need of a long-term plan aimed at eradicating Islamic extremism and terrorism in the country.

Speaking to media, Sarath Fonseksa said the government led by the President has no strategy to put an end to terrorism.

Religious leaders had emphasized that responsibilities pertaining to the country’s security must be given to Sarath Fonseka - who, as a former Army Commander, gave the leadership to end the 30-year war, and is well aware of not only the country’s security and also terrorists’ activities.  

During the discussions held with Sarath Fonseka, religious leaders had further stated that the President’s political movements can no longer be accepted.

They had further said that the government not using the best person who has the ability to fight terrorism is unacceptable.

Even though the Prime Minister had also proposed that Sarath Fonseka be entrusted with responsibilities pertaining to the national security, the President has reportedly ignored his requests.

The President, however, has agreed to appoint Sarath Fonseka as an advisor to the Defense Ministry instead of making him the Defense Minister. But Sarath Fonseka has stated that he does not wish to accept a position with no authority.

Reportedly, these religious leaders have taken a decision to take a stand for Sarath Fonseka if the President continues to fail to be flexible.

They are of the opinion that this effort will be backed by non-extremist Islam religious leaders as well as the general public.

These religious leaders’ opinion will be handed over to the President in writing and they firmly believe that the President will to accept it.