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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Sri Lankans in Italy to help the soldiers and help the Internally displaced Tamils in the Northern Province

Rome, 06 January, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankans in Italy has come forward to help Sri Lankan soldiers who have decided to sacrifice their lives in order to protect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, and the families of the soldiers. It was also further resolved that the Sri Lankan diaspora must help, both financially and materially, the internally-displaced Tamil people living in the Northern Province.

Also Sri Lankans living in Italy decided to hold Special pujas in every Temple and Church on Sunday 11th January , wherever there is a concentration of Sri Lankans, in Italy, Cyprus and Greece, to commemorate the victory of Kilinochchi and offer the blessings to the President and the Armed Forces.

Sri Lankans living in Italy assembled in large numbers on Saturday 3rd January where Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya appealed to the diaspora as follows:

1. The Sri Lankan diaspora in Italy will support our heroic soldiers, who have decided to sacrifice their lives in order to protect the sovereignty of Sri Lanka, and the families of the soldiers. Therefore, it is the duty of the Sri Lankan diaspora living in Italy to support them financially and in any other manner that will benefit them. This will clearly indicate that they are fully supportive and understand the sacrifices of the Sri Lankan soldiers.

2. Support will be extended to the families of the soldiers who lost their limbs and to the families deprived of their breadwinners.

3. It was resolved that in order that the victory of Kilinochchi will help eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan diaspora must help, both financially and materially, the internally-displaced Tamil people living in the northern province.

4. It was also decided that all Sri Lankans must give their contribution to this endeavour, and to reactivate the previously created fund called ‘Ranaderana Fund’. The collections and payments for the fund will be supervised by the Embassy, by order of the Ambassador.

5. It was decided to invite the Army band to perform in Rome and Milan, to collect funds for the ‘Api Wenuen Api’ program, established by Act of Parliament, to provide housing for the soldiers, and that the Sri Lankan diaspora should be in a position to collect € 100,000 (Slr. 20,000,000) for the ‘Api Wenuen Api’ fund.

All the temples in Italy agreed, with the suggestion of the Embassy, to hold a special arshiwada puja on Sunday 11th January 2009.

- Asian Tribune -

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