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Sri Lanka's Buddhists, Muslims working to repair rift - khabarsouthasia.com

Sri Lanka's Buddhists, Muslims working to repair rift - khabarsouthasia.com: "On August 12th, the Sri Lanka Muslim Council said it agreed to close the newly-built Grandpass mosque and move to an older site which had been slated for demolition under a city development plan.

For their part, Buddhist representatives agreed to cut down a sacred Bodhi tree that stood in the way of the old mosque's expansion. That will allow the mosque to accommodate all devotees.

The tree, typically a type of fig, is considered holy in Buddhism. According to tradition, it was under such a tree that Siddartha Gautama attained enlightenment.

"This is a welcome move," the AFP news agency quoted Sri Lanka Muslim Council president M.N. Ameen saying.

However, Ameen emphasised authorities should devise a mechanism to proactively solve such problems.

"If the police acted more responsibly, then this problem would not have gotten out of hand," he said. "We are hoping such unfortunate incidents won't happen again.
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