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Shocking Massacre of Civilians
 
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September 20, 2006

A Statement by the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The Nation was shocked to receive news of the massacre of 10 Muslim civilians in Panama near Pottuvil. This brutal act must be condemned unreservedly. It is another deliberate attempt to provoke our continuing conflict and add to the misery of communities who want to live in peace.

I repeat my call, that given the prevailing conditions, a team of competent Sri Lankan expatriates representing all communities should be invited to conduct an impartial independent investigation into these killings. I also express my disappointment that despite promises, no Commissions of Inquiry have got off the ground and completed their work. It also now appears that there will be no international investigation into the massacre of the 17 ACF aid workers in Muthur. The investigation into the killing of 5 students in Trincomalee and persons in Pesalai and Allaipiddy are further cases where justice is being delayed.

I urge the President in the name of a transparent and democratic society as well as in the name of our suffering and afflicted communities who long for justice and peace to expedite these investigations in a manner that is acceptable to all.

I extend the heartfelt condolences of our Church to the grieving families and to the Muslim community in Pottuvil.