Sri Lankan Prelate Asks for International Aid

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, MAY 14, 2007 ( Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam is appealing for assistance to bring peace to his wartorn nation, saying that meaningful negotiations will only begin when the international community becomes involved.

At a meeting with U.S. government officials Wednesday in Jaffna, the bishop said: “Negotiations could only start with the participation of the international community. People of Sri Lanka are against war and have a strong desire for peace.”

Bishop Savundaranayagam added, “Arrangements should be made for the minority community to feel they are equal citizens and they have the right of self-determination.”

Meanwhile, Caritas is working with more than 500,000 people that are homeless due to war and the 2004 tsunami.

They are appealing for close to $4 million to help those affected by the conflict.