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Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)

The foreign occupancy in Sri Lanka came to an end in 1945 and the citizens of the country were granted freedom.  Thereupon, Sri Lanka became a Sovereign State and it is presently called the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

A Sovereign State is not subordinate to any foreign State or polity and is one that exercises de facto administrative control over itself. Post Independence, the rulers of the country, who were elected by the citizens, fostered the sovereignty of the country without letting any foreign force interfere with the matters pertaining to the internal political sphere, despite disputes and chaos.

Inopportunely, the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, which was preserved thus far, was harmed by the present Government due to its allegiance to the West. The leadership of United National Party is abominably known for running with the hare and hunting with the hounds with regard to foreign interference of the matters pertaining to Sri Lanka.  

The Government evinced its explicit devotion and the loyalty to the international community by co-sponsoring the UNHRC resolutions which were unfavourable to Sri Lanka. The Government gave the international community the impression that they can have their hand in the affairs of the country. The foreign forces are conscious that they can interfere with internal matters of the country when the United National Party is in power and not otherwise.

When President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Premiership, the western forces got intimidated for they would no more be able to have their dominance over Sri Lanka with a ruler like Mahinda Rajapaksa. With all their might, they laboured to expel Rajapaksa from the Premiership to assure their presence in Sri Lanka’s internal politics.

However, certain decisions and activities of the Good Governance Government paved way for the foreign forces to liberally intermeddle with Sri Lanka and the plight has become exacerbated at present.

As the Government keeps mum about and actually aiding foreign involvement in internal affairs of the country, Colombo Archbishop raised his voice against the unnecessary interference of the foreign forces in Sri Lanka, by urging them to mind their own business.

Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith holds the supreme office in the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka who is, by virtue of his position, granted direct links to the Holy See of Rome. The Archbishop who promotes and fosters reconciliation and co-existence among all the religions and ethnicities in Sri Lanka, recently lashed out at the international community for intruding into the internal matters of Sri Lanka in an unwanted manner.

He rebuffed the unwholesome foreign forces by saying: “Mind your own business!” As one of the supreme religious leaders and a person who holds a dignified and a responsible position in the country, the words of Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith shouldn’t be just ignored.

The Archbishop stressed that, if there are crises and issues relating to the religious as well as ethnic co-existence in the country, they can easily be resolved within.  He added that Sri Lanka is an abode to diverse religions and ethnicities and the members of those diverse communities and the followers of the various religions live in harmony in the country and if any dispute breaks out among the citizens due to the difference of their belief, the public can just follow their own religious scriptures to solicit solutions.

Attending a launch of a biography of a highly revered Buddhist monk in the country, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith remarked that international community has enlarged certain isolated incidents of religious rivalry and goes on labelling Sri Lanka as a country of barbarians and saying that there is no religious co-existence in the country.

In fact, the foreign forces are attempting to exacerbate the plight of Sri Lanka to serve their ulterior motives. As a sovereign country, Sri Lanka is capable of finding solutions to the problems that arise within the country. What is expected of the foreign forces is the assistance to develop the country, not the unnecessary intrusion to spoil the co-existence by means of manipulations and labelling.

The foreign forces should help Sri Lanka if they are so interested in the uplift of Sri Lankans. If not, they should stay away and mind their own business, the Cardinal emphasised.

Source: Ceylon Today

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