Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator meets Hakeem
SINN Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuiness yesterday met Sri Lanka
Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem and discussed the Muslim
community's concerns and aspirations regarding the peace process, a
McGuiness explained to Hakeem the discussions his delegation had with
President Mahinda Rajapakse, it said.
The release added: "The SLMC leader apprised McGuiness of the
political aspirations of the Muslims and his own involvement in the
peace process as a member of the Government delegation earlier.
He explained of the Muslims' aspirations with regard to their
participation as a separate delegation in the peace process and its
recognition by the international community as per the Tokyo Declaration.
Hakeem shared some of his thoughts on LTTE leader Velupillai
Prabhakaran's ideology and sustained diplomatic initiatives to achieve
the LTTE's objectives.
He told of the agreement he had signed with the LTTE leader which had
brought some marginal benefits to the Muslims but could not be
implemented continuously. He said police and judiciary established by
the LTTE in their areas have posed threats to the Muslim community.
The atrocities committed by the LTTE against the Muslims including
the slaying of Muslims inside mosques were explained to McGuiness.
The need for adequate security to the Muslims and the issue relating
to their lands were some of the major problems being encountered by the
Muslims, Hakeem said.
McGuiness took note of the SLMC Leaders concerns and responded
positively when Hakeem expressed his desire for a high level SLMC
delegation to visit Northern Ireland to meet senior Sinn Fein leader to
learn from their experience for the benefit of the Muslim community."