Sri Lanka's President urged to ensure security to Kinniya Muslims
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 December 2003, 16:32 GMT]
A delegation of the North East Muslim Parliamentarians' Forum (NEMPF)
Tuesday afternoon met with Sri Lanka’s President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunge, and
discussed in detail the deteriorating security situation in the Trincomalee
district, especially the Kinniya division. The delegation urged the
President to take immediate steps to bring the situation under control and
to help the Muslims there from being killed and wounded, sources said.
Parliamentarians of the NEMPF Tuesday morning met at the parliamentary complex with Deputy Minister Mr. Noordeen Mashoor in the chair and reviewed the security situation in Kinniya and the sufferings of Muslim
families due to violence. At that meeting they decided to make
representation to the President, sources said.
Thereafter the NEMPF delegation met the President Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m. and concluded the meeting at about 4.30 p.m., sources said.
The NEMPF delegation brought to the notice of the President that eight
Muslims had been killed and about 15 had been injured in recent violence in
the Kinniya division. The delegation further brought to the notice of the
President that around 5000 families had been displaced and sought
refuge elsewhere. Of the refugees, about 3500 are from the Muslim community and
the rest are Tamils.
The delegation appealed to the President to strengthen the security in
Trincomalee town and Kinniya division by deploying more security personnel,
The President promptly instructed the Defense Ministry Secretary, Mr. Cyril Herath, Interior Ministry Secretary Mr.M.N.A.Junaid and the acting Inspector General of Police Mr.Indra de Silva to take immediate steps to
provide security to all communities in the Trincomalee district, the sources said.