Government is to reject SLMC demand

sri lanka 2The Government says it will not agree to a separate administrative district for Muslims as such a move could create more instability in the country.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Minister Rauff Hakeem has reportedly made such a proposal to the Government.

Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne, speaking in Parliament today, said that a majority of Sri Lankans want to live within a united country and not a divided country.

“Not just in the East but there are several Muslims in the Central province as well. If we go to divide the country it will create a tense situation,” he said.

Earlier, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) told Parliament that the SLMC is attempting to divide the country by calling for a separate administrative unit in Ampara.

UNP MP Wijeydasa Rajapaksa, speaking in Parliament today, said that the Government must take responsibility of ensuring the country is not divided.

He said that the SLMC was making a demand similar to what slain LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran made and if others also make similar demands it will have no end.

The UNP MP said that the SLMC, by calling for a separate administrative district for Muslims, is also attempting to distance the Muslim community from the Sinhalese. (Colombo Gazette)

Government is to reject SLMC demand