Bishop criticises Sri Lanka President
The Bishop of Portsmouth criticised president of Sri Lanka for misusing the term 'war on terror' and killing tamil people from the country.
The Bishop of Portsmouth has criticised the President of Sri Lanka for describing the conflict with the Tamils as part of the “war on terror”.
Bishop Kenneth Stevenson said at question time in the House of Lords that the Tamils are “an ancient people and the conflict, which has ethnic as well as religious overtones, is not a modern one”.
He asked: “Will the Government be as vociferous as possible in repudiating the language used by the President of Sri Lanka in describing this as a ‘war on terror’?
“Many people in this House and beyond regard that as a very unfortunate piece of modern jargon, coined by the former President of the USA.”
Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown replied: “I share the view that ‘the war on terror’ is a much abused and overused phrase.
“Obviously, this is a quarrel that has ancient roots. It is also an extremely violent quarrel, with appalling things being done by both sides.”
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