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No room for extremism says Lanka

2014 Apr 21

The Government says there is no room for extremism in the country and any attempt to promote extremism will be thwarted.

Government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that a small group of people were attempting to promote extremism in the country.

While refusing to name any group, the Minister said that the public will decide who are extremists and who are genuine.

“Whoever the extremists are they are a threat to national reconciliation. We see one group shouting from one end and another shouting from the other end. They don’t want to reach a middle ground,” the Minister noted.

Earlier today the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) had called for an operation to be launched to remove Muslim extremists in the country in light of what the party says is an attempt to deceive the Government and grab land in the Wilpattu national park.

JHU MP, the venerable Omalpe Sobitha thero, was referring to the allegations recently raised by the Bodu Bala Sena that land in the Wilpattu park had been taken illegally by some Muslim families with the support of Minister Rishard Badurdeen.

Rambukwella said that the Government respects the views of the JHU as an alliance member of the ruling party but hopes the JHU will act in the best interest of the country.

The Minister said that while the extremist groups operating in Sri Lanka are only a handful they can still set the country on fire and that should not be allowed to happen.

He also said that ordinary people, be it Muslims or Buddhists, should not be seen as extremists and the need of the hour was to deal with the real extremists.

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