Lanka needs no lessons on non-violence - Health Minister
Launching the first ever national 'Report on Violence and Health, the
Leader of the House and Minister of Health Nimal Siripala de Silva said
that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government had tried its best to bring the
LTTE terrorists into the peace process through dialogue but still they
were into terrorism.
"Can we treat mentally ill terrorists such as LTTE Leader Velupillai
Prabhakaran. I am not aware whether the most renowned psychiatrists can
arrest their mental illness because their minds are beyond repair", he
said adding that the only alternative left is to kill the LTTE
terrorists to bring peace to the country.
He said that the government has not perpetrated any political
violence but there were some quarters which engage in political
violence. " The government is taking every possible step to ensure peace
and stop political violence. We are moving forward and I am sure that
there will be a day when people who advocate violence will be wiped out
politically", he said.
Minister de Silva who has been appointed to the Eastern Provincial
Council Operational Committee for the Digamadulla District said that
people in the Eastern province were happy as democracy was restored.
He claimed that some Western countries which are the perpetrators of
violence are now trying to teach Sri Lanka about the concept of
non-violence without knowing the ground realities of the country which
practised non-violence throughout history.
"The non violence concept was accepted by the Sri Lankan society and
throughout history the country did not advocate violence. The Minister
said these countries should first refer to their history before teaching
us about non violence", he said.
Minister de Silva said that Sri Lanka's non-violence history which
spans over 2,500 years was unfortunately destroyed by LTTE terrorism
where terrorists and their suicide cadres have taken the country into
He also said that the government was entrusted to take all steps to
protect children in the country and will soon bring legislation to
prevent school children being used in politics. He said that university
students have the right to engage in any political campaign but not