DateLine Monday, 19 November 2007

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Minorities treated equally - Minister Jayaratne

Plantation Industries Minister D. M. Jayaratne said there would have been no ethnic conflict, if the Bandaranaike and Chelvanayagam pact was implemented.

The Minister was speaking at the felicitation of former MP M.C. Ahamed who had served the Ampara district for more than 17 years at Kalmunai.

Jayaratne said a mass protest campaign engineered by former President J. R. Jayewardene halted the implemention of this pact which, if implemented would have brought peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka.

"Members of all communities in Sri Lanka should receive equal access to social and political rights. The minorities are treated equally in Sri Lanka in spite of their religious, racial and cultural differences," the Minister said.

Ministers A. L. M. Athaulla, P. Dayaratne were also present.


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