Muslim MPs meet Norwegian envoy

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 March 2003, 01:38 GMT]
A delegation of Muslim parliamentarians met Norwegian ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. Jon Westborg, at the Norwegian embassy on Wednesday and requested that Muslims of the North-East be allowed to have separate representation in the peace talks currently being conducted between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), sources said.

The delegation comprised Mr. Rauff Hakeem, Minister in the present UNF cabinet and the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Deputy Housing Minister Mr. Basheer Segu Dawood, Secretary of the group Mr. M.L.A.M. Hisbullah, and parliamentarians Ms. Ferial Ashraff, S.M. Haris, M.I.Thowfeeq, Izad Badiudeen and Dr. Hafrath.

The delegation reiterated its demand that the interests of the Muslim people need to be taken into discussion at the peace talks and they should have separate representation at the peace talks. They pointed out a recent statement by the LTTE’s political advisor that the Muslims do not need a separate political unit in Sri Lanka and that there is no need for a separate representation for Muslims, and said they were disheartened by that approach and disagreed with it.

The decision to meet the Norwegian envoy was made in an emergency meeting of the coalition earlier in the day at the parliament building, Mr. Hisbullah said.

Meanwhile, a meeting between Muslim representatives and the LTTE will be held Thursday morning in Vavunatheevu at the Batticaloa-Vavunatheevu divisional secretariat and the problems facing the Muslim people will be taken up at the meeting, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.08.19 02:22  
Tamil representatives urged to boycott OMP office opening in Jaffna
24.08.19 00:04   Photo
Despite ending Emergency, Sirisena keeps SL military empowered with police powers
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
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
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=8608