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Religions commemorate end of war

Religions commemorate end of war
Religious leaders at the celebration
ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
Sri Lanka

May 27, 2011

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Religious leaders in Sri Lanka have participated in celebrations to mark the second anniversary of the end of a three-decade long civil war while some remembered the imprisonment of a former army commander who led the government to victory against the Tamil Tigers. Buddhist monks, Hindus, Christian priests and Muslim clerics took part in official prayer services across the country to mark the end of the three decade long war on May 26-27. “We should remember our war victims and members of the security forces at this moment,” said Pastor Easwara Kankanamge Yasaratne, secretary of the Baptist Association of Sri Lanka during a press briefing after a service organized by the Inter-Religious Alliance for National Unity at Vidyalankara Pirivena in Peliyagoda, near Colombo. People also remembered former army chief Sarath Fonseka, now in jail for engaging in politics while on active service. Fonseka and the soldiers are popularly seen as war heroes among Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese community. “How can we forget the former army chief and disabled soldiers?” asked a retired army soldier who did not want to be named. Related reports Learn from UN report, Christians say Religious leaders oppose UN report Colombo victory parade no consolation for pastor SR14331
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