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Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy unanimously reject constitutional change

Sri Lanka's Mahanayaka Buddhist monks of three divisions on Tuesday unanimously rejected the need for a new constitution or any amendment to the constitution, during a special meeting for the clergy in Kandy today. 

The constitutional change for a key promise of the new unity government which pledged amendments to the constitution in view of democratic reforms and reconciliation. 

The clergy also called for a special committee to be established into order to "look into the grievances that Buddhists were facing, with regard to religion and culture, the prevailing racial and religious unrest, and to pay attention to protect the archaeologically important religious places in the country", the Daily Mirror reported, as well as urging the government to delay the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill in order to allow parliamentarians more time to study the bill. 

On Monday, the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa slammed the bill, accusing the government of betraying the country to what he described as the 'LTTE diaspora'.