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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Sri Lanka's Muslim Council demand Co-Chairs influence to end latest LTTE triggered ethnic cleansing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 31 May, ( The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL), a network comprising some 75 of the largest and most influential National Organizations of Muslims in the country, has called on the Co-chairs to exercise their powers and influence in putting an end to any LTTE action which would jeopardize the security of the thousands of Muslims living peacefully in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka.

In a letter to the Ambassadors of the European Union, United States of America, Norway and Japan, MCSL President N.M. Ameen noted that, "As you maybe aware, the LTTE under the proxy of 'Tamil Eelam Motherland Liberation Army' has distributed a notice demanding the Muslims of Muttur in the Trincomalee District to vacate the area within 72 hours of the issue of the notice, which is Thursday, 1st of June 2006.

This is yet another attempt of ethnic cleansing by the LTTE as carried out in Jaffna in the year 1990. The government in power during that period assured the Muslims of Jaffna the fullest security but in fact could not provide adequate security to the Muslims and were only spectators and to date all those who left Jaffna are languishing in refugee camps are today forgotten by the world."

Mr. Ameen pointed out that although, the LTTE representatives have denied it had anything to do with the notice issued, the Co-Chairs and the world are too well aware of the modus operandi of the LTTE actions, taken to avoid responsibility and world reaction against it.

"Many Muslims in the villages of Jinnah Nagar, Alim Nagar and Kappalthurai, have already left their villages due to threat and harassment by the LTTE and are today being accommodated and taken care of by Muslims in other parts of the Eastern Province," the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka disclosed in their letter.

"Thus, this demand of the LTTE to the Muslims of Muttur to vacate the land and homes they have lived in for centuries is clearly an attempt of ethnic cleansing to fit in their map of Tamil Eelam," the MCSL said.

The Muslim Council while appreciating the steps taken by the Sri Lankan government to provide enhanced security to the area also expressed their concern the tension and trauma the Muslims of Muttur are undergoing at this very moment in the light of the LTTE's ultimatum.

"Thus, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, requests your Excellency to take all measures necessary so that the Muslims of Mutur who are determined not to leave the area and repeat what the Muslims of the north had to undergo with all the assurance of security, only to be watched by the government of the day and the international community," the council added in their appeal.

- Asian Tribune -

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