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
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
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.