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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

Sri Lanka government to respond to Muslim party's demands soon

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 18 January, (Asiantribune.com): The government is scheduled to shortly respond to several conditions laid by the country's pre dominant Muslim party, which recently offered to support the government in Parliament, sources told the ‘Asian Tribune.’

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) met with a government delegation on Tuesday night, where it put forward several demands amounting to about nine. The government delegation represented by three senior ministers namely Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Vishwa Warnapala and Janaka Bandara Tennakoon had termed the Muslim Congress's demands as 'genuine and reasonable requests'.

"The government delegation after studying our demands informed us that a response will be given within a few days after consulting President Mahinda Rajapaksa," M.L.A.M. Hisbullah who was part of the SLMC delegation on Tuesday told the Asian Tribune.

The SLMC demands included the accommodation of a separate independent Muslim delegation at peace talks; amend the Pradeshiya Sabha act enabling Muslims to fill vacancies in the Eastern province, set up a coastal district in Ampara and matters pertaining to the party's political powers.

Unconfirmed reports also claimed that the SLMC had also set several pre conditions, if they are to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

Meanwhile government sources claimed that it was likely that the government would respond to the SLMC demands before end of this week, but may likely renegotiate on certain demands put forward by the Muslim party.

- Asian Tribune -

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