Muslims rights will be safeguarded - Prime Minister

[TamilNet, Sunday, 15 December 2002, 17:00 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Sunday assured the Muslim community that his government would do everything in its power to safeguard the rights of Muslims in the eastern province when finding a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict in the peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and would never let down Muslims at any stage of the peace talks, when he addressed the gathering in Madwela, Kandy, sources said.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister addressed the Meelad UN Nabi celebrations held under the auspices of the Muslim Religious Cultural Affairs at Madeena Maha Vidyalayam (national school) in Madawela in the Kandy district Sunday afternoon as the chief guest.

Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe further said his government would not allow any attempt to tarnish Islam.

Minister and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Mr.Rauff Hakeem said that he would strengthen the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) as the only credible organization to represent the Muslims in this country. He added the next year Meelad UN Nabi celebrations would be held at Eravur Ali Zahir Maha Vidyalayam

Meanwhile SLMC dissidents' leader Mr.Athaullah addressing a press conference Sunday in Colombo said that Mr.Rauff Hakim does not have the status to represent the Muslims of the country in the peace talks now being held in several stages in different countries.

"The government can include Mr. Hakim as a member of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) delegation that attends peace talks. We are against Mr. Hakim being named as the sole representative of the Muslims at the peace talks. Muslims should be represented by a group of selected intelligensia of the community," said Mr.Athaullah.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
08.08.19 20:05   Photo
Colombo converts 2000 acres of ex-HSZ lands citing India-assisted airport expansion in Jaffna
07.08.19 23:28   Photo
Book on Santhiya becomes narration of Tamil struggle incorporating Marxist ideas in early 80s
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=7993