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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Anandasangharee next foreign minister?

[b]Anandasangharee next foreign minister?[/b]

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune. Colombo

[b]Colombo, 15 August, ([/b] Some of the Sri Lankan political parties started informal discussion on the possibility of making a unified appeal to make the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V Anandasangharee the next foreign minister to succeed Lakshman Kadirgamar who was killed by the suspected Tamil rebels on Friday night. Both Kadirgamar and Anandasangharee belonged to the minority Tamil community.

“Mr Anandasangharee is the ideal person to carry the torch forward,” says Ven Watawala Premavansha Thero, spokesman of the National Bhikkhu Front (NBF). “It is essential to continue the anti terrorism campaign launched by Hon Kadirgamar and Mr Anadasangharee is a person with courage and commitment to fight against terrorism”. Ven Premavansha said that the NBF would discuss the proposal with like-minded parties.

Recently NBF carried out a national campaign against the tsunami joint mechanism between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Two other prominent parties, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) also fought against the joint mechanism. Ven Dmbare Amila Thero of NBF and Ven Omalpe Sobitha Thero of JHU undertook fast unto death campaigns against the joint mechanism, but later agreed to withdraw the hunger strike on the advice of chief Buddhist prelates.

“Although it is impossible to find a person fill the vacuum created by Hon Kadirgamara’s brutal killing, we feel Mr Anandasangharee could play a pivotal role as Sri Lanka’s envoy to international for a,” Ven Elle Gunawansa Thero, of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) said. He said that PNM would have further discussions on this later this week.

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