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SLMC wants separate province for Muslims - Hakeem

If the TNA proposes a North-East merger for finding a solution to the country's ethnic problem which has prevailed for the last three decades, a separate province must be given for Muslims, Water Supply, Drainage and Urban Planing Minister Rauff Hakeem said.

He was speaking at a media conference at Green Villa, Oluvil recently

Minister Hakeem added that we will not allow the merger of the East with the North until Muslims' problems are approached in an accepted manner.

He said a separate province for Muslims who live in the North and East is not a new proposal. It was earlier proposed by several Tamil National Leaders at the Trinco Conference held in 1957, Parliamentary Election held in 1977 and a part of Selvanayaham's solution too.

"As far as the SLMC concerned, Tamil National Leaders will not be able to find a lasting solution to the ethnic problem by overlooking the country's Muslim community. The North and East was temporarily merged in 1987 under the Indo-Lanka agreement for only one year, but, the merger lasted for nearly 24 years not considering the Muslims' aspirations. There was no referendum held I this regard," Minister Hakeem said.

"No one can amend the Constitution without obtaining a two thirds majority in Parliament. Furthermore, on certain occasions a referendum will also have to be held under certain circumstances. We cannot find an overnight solution to this problem. For this, all political parties have to come to a consensus," he said. "The North -East merger does not only depend on the N-E people's will, but, on all the communities who live in Sri Lanka. Some are issuing statements on a North- East merger as a cheap publicity gimmick.But, it should be approached in a diplomatic manner," he said. 

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the words of the President. Sri lanka is one nation for all. UNIFICATION? Tamils seperate, Muslims seperate. What happened to UNIFICATION?????

These are the types of politicians whp played politics and created conditions for Wars. This idiot hasn't learn after suffering 30 years of brutal violance, that equality is the only way forward. By asking a seperate Muslim province do he aim to chase Muslims from other provinces. Totally disgrace full.

Aren't we talking about reconciliation ? Then why a need for separate province for Tamils and Muslims. That will only make matters worse!

This is the beginning, from the end of 30 year old wa. This time emerging from North and East by two different groups.

Ashraf, the founder of SLMC, made clear that they want to integrate with the Sinhalese and formed NUA, which was the policy of SLMC till yesterday. But Rauf Hakeem has said yesterday that SLMC wants a "separte Province". Rauf Hakeem and SLMC were with all the governemnts, at least for the past 30 years and never talked of a separte province for Muslims. Why is he only now talking of a "separte province"? He was aware of events from 1957 but why did he not call for a "separte province" till now? why did he ignore what was good for Muslims? Was he not fooling the Muslims and all Sri Lankans? Muslims are not an ethnic group and cannot demand a "separate province" . Andn so cannot Catholics, Hindus, Christians and the people of other religions.

It is amazing that some people who call themselves leaders of other human beings are trying to ignore reality of the fresh and raw wounds of the calamity of divisive politics.All communities witnessed the unprecedented human tragedy that unfolded in front our own eyes just 6+ years ago for this very same reason of a few selfish and callous men and women trying to mislead their own kind.There is no place or future for separatist politics in Sri Lanka.Whether it is in five or thirty years the majority will tire of it and there will be another annihilation as in 2009.The future for all communities lie in unity with respect for our differences and preservation of the rights of all citizens to live and thrive anywhere in the country no matter their ethnicity with introduction of strong legislative frameworks..There is no greater crime than that of dividing people and putting one against the other to win a vote to be then kicked out after a few years for not being radical enough to provide leadership for total destruction.This is what happened with evil and short sighted politicians like Chelva and Amirthalingam who lost control to Prabakaran who brought about the holocaust on the Tamil people with absolutely no benefit at all to them ultimately in-spite of all the sacrifices and the trust they placed in these leaders to lead them into the promised land.

This is stupid nonsense. There should be NO province or district for any ethnic or religious group. Every part of the whole of Sri Lanka should be all SRI LANKANS,

Thank you Mr minister, why only the Tamils want and should be given a separate homeland in Sri Lanka? No one should allow such a move unless and until all different ethnic groups are equally treated.

This is why developed contrives don’t allow countries name, religious name or ethnic names to be used as political party names. you are not repressing all the muslims nor have the concept of all of them. same can be said about the other religious groups. these are just pathetic political parties trying to maximise votes. If you don’t fix these fundamental issues you’ll be a third world country with conflicts. Good Luck!!!!

Rauff Hakeem has committed political suicide. Not a single Muslim will ever vote for him or his party.

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