Lanka to clarify reasons behind Fonseka`s arrest to monks
Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010, 18:56
Colombo: Sri Lankan government on Monday said it will send a delegation to meet the country's powerful Buddhist monks to clarify the reasons behind the detention of former army chief Sarath Fonseka after they asked President Mahinda Rajapaksa to release the "gallant officer".

"The government will be soon sending a delegation to (Central) Kandy to meet the Mahanayakas of the four chapters to clarify the situation," Maitripala Sirisena, the General Secretary of the main ruling coalition party, Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) told reporters.

He said the government would explain the circumstances that led to the arrest and detention of General Sarath Fonseka. "We will send a delegation to Kandy to give explanation to the Mahanayakas on the matter," the leader said in a prompt response to the appeal from the monks.

The Mahanayaka Theras of the four Chapters, in a letter on Saturday had asked Rajapaksa to "retract the charges levelled against Fonseka and release him from custody and also provide him with adequate security."

The clergy had appealed to Rajapaksa to release Fonseka from custody, saying it was "unacceptable" to arrest a "gallant officer", who played a key role in defeating LTTE, due to "petty political differences".

Rejecting the Opposition charges that the former army chief and defeated opposition Presidential candidate's arrest was a "political revenge," Sirisena said, the General while serving in the army had violated the norms by interacting with the political parties.


First Published: Monday, February 15, 2010, 18:56

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