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The Anuradhapura Massacre
A Statement by Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo
CEYLON 081008-1
October 8, 2008

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The brutal assassination of Major General Janaka Perera and his wife and Dr. Johnpulle and his wife and many others, shocked a nation that is fast growing immune to the evil of violence. This senseless act must be condemned without reservation by all Sri Lankans irrespective of political affiliation, religion or ethnicity.

Our church offers our condolences and the assurance of our prayers to the bereaved families. May the God of consolation absorb your grief and accompany you through the very heavy and lonely days ahead.

Given Major General Perera’s past military service as well as his new and promising political career, he was either killed out of revenge or because he posed a threat to some.

Since the Government has also been blamed for negligence, it is duty-bound to appoint an independent commission of competent persons of proven credibility to investigate this incident. It is only then that the people will know the truth; and till then responsible persons on all sides must refrain from making hasty assumptions. The profile and potential of Major General Perera deserves nothing less.

Devastating incidents like this must drive us to our senses as a nation to denounce violence and affirm the sanctity of life. Our beloved Sri Lanka simply cannot continue to be destroyed through such calculated violence. We have lost far too many leaders and innocent citizens due to the ruthlessness and selfishness of a few. The forces of evil cannot always triumph. We can still rise above narrow communal and political loyalties to collectively harness a higher moral force that will overcome this culture of killings. If not, we will be judged by our children for betraying Sri Lanka at her time of greatest need.

With peace and blessings to all

The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo