Religious leaders describe Vanni visit

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 February 1999, 17:54 GMT]
The delegation of Buddhist monks and Christian clergy who visited the LTTE controlled areas of the Vanni said at a press conference held today that the LTTE had expressed a readiness to pursue a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict in the island.

The delegation said that the LTTE had expressed its regret at the continuing emphasis on a military solution in official quarters in the South.

The LTTE was also deeply concerned by the heavy toll that the war took on the civilian population, the delegation said.

The delegation of over 30 monks from the Samastha Lanka Pavidhi Sanvidhanaya representing all the Nikayas, accompanied by the Anglican Bishop of Colombo, Bishop Kenneth Fernando, the Catholic Bishop of Ratnapura, Bishop Malcom Ranjith and Professor Tissa Vitarana of the National Alliance for Peace visited the Vavuniya and Mannar districts in the northern province.


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