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All Ceylon Muslim League vehemently opposes JM


Press release


"We are a Sovereign and Independent State over every inch of Sri Lanka. Peace Secretariat Chief Jayantha Dhanapala has stated as reported in the Daily Mirror of 21st May 2005, "The Government was compelled to shelve a move to include a clause on human rights in the proposed Joint Mechanism Draft." We are thankful to Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala for enlightening us on the perils we, the Citizens of Sri Lanka be he a Muslim, Sinhalese or a Tamil, will face if this Joint Mechanism is permitted to be carried out. LTTE has opposed the inclusion of a clause on Human Rights. Even in their ISGA papers submitted to the Government, in Clause 4, the LTTE has rejected Human Rights of the Government of Sri Lanka. They have proposed to set up their own Human Rights Commission. In other words what they have in view is establishment of Eelam. Ethnic Cleansing seems to be one item permitted in their Human Rights.

"We are perturbed by the fact that the Norwegian Peace maker Mr. Solheim has thought fit to present this Joint Mechanism Structure for consideration by the Government. They seem to play no part in peace process but only to forward the proposals of the LTTE for Government consideration.


"Her Excellency has misled the Country, in stating that-the interests of the Muslims, Sinhalese will be taken into consideration in the proposed Joint Mechanism. Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala has already disclosed that the LTTE had been given a big say in that, five out of the ten members in the Regional Body of the Joint Mechanism for functional purposes. If five out of the ten members are LTTE cadres what chance, will the Sinhalese or the Muslims have to get any opportunity to air their views? The All Ceylon Muslim League condemns the Muslim Congress Conglomeration in jumping the gun to stake a claim to sit with the LTTE who failed to date, to settle the Muslims in their homeland and restore their homes and properties with adequate compensation. Every day we get up in the morning to hear the news that some Government officer was shot by the LTTE. When a LTTE cadre was shot in Amparai area some time ago, Her Excellency rushed to appoint a Commission to inquire into the killing but Muslims and Sinhalese are being shot like dogs and Her Excellency does not care a damn. It is now an established fact that the majority of tsunami victims are Muslims numbering to 53% and still Government insists on going on with the Joint Mechanism for relief for the LTTE, not the poor Tamils, enabling the LTTE make use of aid to build bunkers. We call upon the Muslims to join the Sinhalese and oppose this move of Her Excellency."


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