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.
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.
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.
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.