The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has urged the government to take steps, among others, to strengthen good governance, to restore civil administration and to maintain law and order, party’s General Secretary Hasan Ali said yesterday.
The party, an ally of the ruling coalition, handed over its proposals to the government last week on the implementation of the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Mr. Ali told the Daily Mirror that his party noted the positive recommendations made in the report, and particularly emphasized the need to address key issues concerning the Muslim community in the north and east.
“In some areas of the east, Muslims have been evacuated from their villages to establish military cantonments. These people have complained to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. Still there are land issues. Internally displaced Muslims are yet to be resettled,” he said.
He said the delay in the evolution of a political solution did not augur well for the country.
“Three years have lapsed after the war ended. But, little has been done on the ground to address the political grievances. On the part of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), there are genuine concerns,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)