Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to play peacemaker in Pak,Lanka

Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that he might visit Pakistan and Sri Lanka soon as peacemaker.

Written by Agencies | Kolkata | Published: February 16, 2009 12:23:38 pm

Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has said that he might visit Pakistan and Sri Lanka soon as peacemaker.

“I have been playing a part in the peace process and I will continue doing my part. I may go to Pakistan shortly. I am talking with the authorities on both sides,” he said during a visit in Kolkata.

On terrorism,he said “spiritual education brings a change of minds and hearts and this is how terrorism and all other forms of violence can be brought to an end.”

Talking about his plans to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and LTTE leader V Prabhakaran to try and bring out a ceasefire,he said “I have appealed to both the governments (India and Sri Lanka) for a ceasefire. I will go there and meet Rajapakse and Prabhakaran separately to hold talks with them to bring about a ceasefire.”

“There should be negotiation between LTTE and the Lankan government. I think they should sit down to talk. Military action is not an option for them. Violence needs to end.”

He said he would make “all efforts” to get Sri Lankan Tamil refugees back to their country where they could lead dignified lives. He also wanted that their jobs,homes and land to be restored to them.

“The Sri Lankan government should compensate the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees for their losses and rehabilitate them,” he said.

He said that his concern was for ordinary people,who were being put to severe hardships in the violence.

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