Sri Lanka offers prayers to ward off `conspiracy`
Colombo: With a US-backed resolution targeting
Sri Lanka`s rights record likely to be taken up at a UNHRC
meet in Geneva, the government here on Wednesday organised Buddhist
religious prayers aimed at defeating the alleged international
conspiracy against the country.
"We have organised simultaneous `adhistana poojas`
(prayers of determination) today at most leading Buddhist
temples," Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Deputy Finance Minister,
Prayers coincided with the `poya day`, the monthly holy
day for the majority Buddhists.
"We will face the international challenge with
determination," Siyambalapitiya said, referring to a crucial
resolution seeking inquiry into allegations of war crimes in
Sri Lanka during the LTTE war, which is expected to be moved
by the US at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
session later this month in Geneva.
The move is being seen as the manifestation of
international frustration over Sri Lankan government`s
unwillingness to achieve national reconciliation with the
the minority Tamils.
However, the government has dubbed the move as an
"international conspiracy" to undermine Sri Lanka at the
behest of the pro-LTTE diaspora.
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