Ranil assures protection for Eastern Muslims
Asif Fuard in Samanthurai and Ampara
The Opposition Leader and UNP Presidential candidate assured the Muslims in the East that once he is elected President, he would protect their rights and prevent them being harassed by the LTTE.

Ranil Wickremesinghe promised at a public rally in Samanthurai that when powers were devolved to the North and the East, he would ensure that Muslim aspirations too were met.

The UNP leader said he was aware that Muslim traders were being taxed by the LTTE and their lands taken over. He assured that he would take action to ensure that their lands were returned and taxation stopped. He also promised to strengthen the STF to protect the Muslims.

“After November 18, we will also improve the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission’s strength in the east. Like in India we will have a Rapid Deployment Police Force to prevent ethnic related clashes. They will be deployed in the east”, he said. Mr. Wickremesinghe also addressed propaganda rallies at Addalachchenai and Ampara town.

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