The Mannar Bishop Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph should help all Tamil-speaking population to come up with a common political solution. Under the leadership of Bishop both the diaspora Tamil speaking people and national Tamil speaking people should come together and discussion what kind of political solution they expect Northern Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran said.
Northern Chief Minister Vigneswaran said this while delivering a speech on the after opening of Christ Church in the Joseph Vaz village in Mannar followed by an event to celebrate Bishop Rayappu Joseph’s birthday held on 16 April 2015 in Mannar.
The Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph and the Bishops of Jaffna Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Badulla, and Kandy participated at the opening of the church. Vanni district Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians Selvam Adaikalanathan, Sivasakthi Anandan, Vino Nohradalingam and NPC members were also present at the opening.
The Chief Minister said Today is a milestone day for all of us. During our good time, during the our sorrow, during the birth and during the death of our people he stood by and provided his service. Today he completes 75 years of age. He provided many services understanding the needs of the people and we expect the same in the future. We request that he help our people who are in the confused state to obtain a common political solution. Both the Diaspora Tamil and national Tamil speaking people should come together under the leadership of Bishop, and discuss the kind of political solution they expect and take necessary action to achieve their aspirations.
There is a special respect for the Bishop among Tamil speaking people in the this country and abroad and in such a situation, we do not think there is any wrong to explore a solution under his leadership. As the Bishop stand in between the old and new days, for us he is a milestone.
There is a characteristic I found in Bishop. When he tries to resolve problems he focuses on that completely even undergoing suffering himself.
He is a great asset that god gave us. He has more number of years of services to be done for Tamil people and I pray to God to bless him with a disease free long l life to help Tamil people with a just, permanent and legal solution.