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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

Inquire into the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims by the LTTE - Federation of All Mosques in Eastern Province

Colombo, 17 August, ( Massacring innocent Muslim civilians and taking them as captives and causing ethnic cleansing in Muttur and Thoppur are crimes against humanity. Sri Lanka Government, United Nations, Leaders of the Islamic and Arabic counties and humanitarian organizations should consider coming forward to take up this matter to an international commission to inquire into the injustices and basic human rights violations meted out to the Muslims.

Federation of All Mosques in Eastern Province (FAMEP) has appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka and the international community to end the ethnic cleansing currently seriously put into force by the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Furthermore, the Eastern province mosques federation (FAMEP) has urged the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE to resolve the national issue without disturbing the innocent civilians’ life the in North and east, at a peace rally held yesterday at Kalmunai.

In a proclamation titled ‘Muttur Declaration,’ the FAMEP condemned the LTTE for making the historical error of forcibly evicting Muslims from their traditional residences in the North and marking the same error once again in Muttur and Thoppur, and also converting innocent civilians as human shields to wage another war against the Sri Lankan forces.

They urged the government to take expeditious and meaningful action to resettle the Muslim refugees in their own historical habitats before the end of the year 2006. They further requested the LTTE to cooperate in the resettlement efforts of the Government genuinely and sincerely.

In the declaration they also urged the Sri Lanka Government to appoint a commission to inquire in to the affairs that led to the massacre and forcible eviction of the Muslims in Muttur and Thoppur.

They demanded the government to pay adequate compensation to those victims of Muttur violence.

Further more, they on behalf of the Muslim community urged the Government and the LTTE to recognize the just and equitable right to the self-determination of the Muslims in North and East. "We urge the Government and the LTTE to resolve the national issue and find a lasting solution through a negotiated settlement, without letting the blood of the innocent Muslim and Tamil civilians through another war."

- Asian Tribune -

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