Sep 30, 2017

BBS ready to negotiate peace in Burma

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is ready to Intervene to resolve the Rohingya issue locally and internationally making this region a peace zone.

The BBS understands that the Rohingya refugee issue, Islamic terrorism and relationship between Ceylon Buddhists and Myanmar issues are different issues which are interconnected and complex.

BBS and its leader Ven. Gnanasara Thera are ready to visit Myanamr soon to meet his Counterpart Ven. Virathu and discuss negotiations to bring a lasting solution to this issue and look into Humanitarian Assistance to all vulnerable groups belonging to all sectors. We are closely working with all parties such as Ven. Virathu on bringing a constructive Solution.

A deadlock erupted in Colombo when the members of several Nationalist movements including Buddhist monks located and stormed into a place where Rohingya refugees were clandestinely kept. Members of the Nationalist movements and the Buddhist monks faced tirades of criticisms due to their boisterous behaviour following the incident. However, this incident has led to creating a negative image of the Nationalist movements and Buddhist monks in the country. Many media organizations and various local and international movements began to label Buddhist monks as ‘violent and aggressive’ and reprehended their behaviour for not being kind to the transitional refugees of Myanmar.

The intention of this communiqué is to inform you of the non-involvement of Bodu Bala Sena in the incident. The incident sent waves of tension across the country as well as abroad and the international media began to label all Nationalist and Buddhist movements as ‘militant’.

However, Bodu Bala Sena would like to inform you that we neither encourage nor approve acts of that nature. Bodu Bala Sena is on the firm view that the Buddhists of Sri Lanka should stand up for the rights of Buddhists in Myanmar and the Rohingya refugees should be dealt with in a delicate and lawful manner. We are aware that Sri Lanka has signed a pact with regard to acceptance of refugees into the country, hence, should not contravene the rights of refuges who transitionally arrive in the country. There is a well-established judiciary system in the country that we can place our full credibility on. So, we should let the law of the country deal with the Rohingya refugees according to the existing law.

Bodu Bala Sena believes that the Buddha Sasana of the country should be preserved and protected from all possible threats. We will not remain inactive if the Buddha Sasana of the country is threatened. We will fight against extremism of any nature to preserve the sovereignty of the country.

Bodu Bala Sena would like to mention that some extremist Muslim politicians in the government and their stooges protested opposite the Myanmar Embassy in Sri Lanka in a disturbing, aggressive and unwarranted manner disrupting the affairs of the Embassy. This type of racial and hateful activities of Muslim politicians in the government as well as the government’s contradictory statements on the Rohingya refugees had led to creating tension with regard to the Rohingya issue.

However, Bodu Bala Sena has informed the public via press releases and press conferences to be peaceful and act wisely with regard to the issue. We expect that the government will take necessary action to send these refugees to where they came from in a more humanistic and lawful manner.

Hence, Bodu Bala Sena would like to request the people not to be deceived or misled by the propaganda against Bodu Bala Sena that it is involved in harassing the Rohingya refugees. Bodu Bala Sena proclaim the non- involvement of the organization in this issue.

However, BBS is ready to fight all forms of extremism and terrorism while protecting Human Rights and the Rule of Law. We should all fight to resolve conflicts peacefully through dialogue and participation of all parties.

Dilanthe Withanage