Thursday, June 4, 2009

All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Register Concerns with British High Commisioner on Temple Attack

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June 4th, 2009

A two member delegation from All Ceylon Buddhist Congress met the British High Commissioner Dr. Peter Hayes, this morning, and registered their grave concern over the recent attacks on Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre popularly known as Kingsbury ‘Buddhist Temple’ in London.

The delegation consisted of President of ACBC Mr Jagath Sumathipala, and its Vice President and Chairman International Affairs Mr Suren Abeyagoonasekera.

The Kingsbury Temple has been attacked 10 times within this year and 3 were during May 2009. Besides there were incidents of attacks on business premises, and news has reached ACBC of acid attacks on two girls.

The delegation pointed out that past British Governments has worked closely with the Buddhist community and even commended or decorated Buddhist scholars. The discontent and anxiety of the Sri Lankan Buddhist community living in London was pointed out. The British High Commissioner acknowledged concerns raised, and assured close attention of British Government.

Both parties recognised the need for a closer dialogue in order to eliminate misunderstandings and to improve the relationship between two countries with respect for each other.

The All Ceylon Buddhist Congress is closely monitoring the developments with great concern and interest. The International Affairs Division of the All Ceylon Buddhist Council intends to improve International Relationships through dialogue, knowledge sharing and greater understanding.