Muslim MPs to seek support of non Muslims in Oct. 21 debate — Fowzie

by Franklin R. Satyapalan
PA parliamentarian, A. H. M. Fowzie yesterday said that Muslim MPs look forward to the support of all non-Muslim parliamentarians during the October 21 debate in the House, on their demand that separate Muslim delegation be included by the government and the LTTE at the next round of peace talks.

Leader of the 17 member North East Muslim MP forum, Minister Rauf Hakeem presented an adjournment motion at party leaders meeting in Parliament, presided over by Deputy Chairman of Committees Siri Andrahennadi, following an earlier decision by Muslim MPs at a meeting at the residence of MP Fowzie last week.

At this meeting, Chairman of North-East Muslim MPs forum Minister for Vanni Noordeen Mashoor, MP Rischard Badurdeen, MPs M. S. Thowfeek, L. M. Thawfeek NUA Leader Mrs. Ferial Ashraff, Secretary of forum MP M. L. A. M. Hisbullah, MPs Myown Mustaph and M. P A. Azeez were present at Fowzie’s residence.

The Muslim MPs proposed to stage a demonstration close to parliament with the support of Muslims in the country, to stress on the importance of a separate Muslim delegation at the next round of talks.

Fowzie said that they wanted a separate Muslim delegation to be included to put toward the alternate proposals of the North-East Muslim community on their rights and aspiration within an interim administrations.

"We Muslim MPs wish to cooperate because we want to see that peace prevails and we don’t want to sabotage the peace talks at any cost."

He said, he noted it is crucial that a separate Muslim delegation participates so that a permanent solution can be reached and all communities can live in peace.