SLMC warns against foreigners’ bid to exploit religious tensions


By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has warned the Muslim community against throwing its weight behind the ongoing efforts to pave the way for foreign intervention here by way of an external war crimes investigation into accountability issues.

SLMC Chairman Basheer Segudawood, MP, yesterday alleged that those who had turned a blind eye to suffering of the Muslim community had evinced a keen interest in their welfare. The Batticaloa District MP urged his community to beware of those visiting UN representatives as well as dignitaries from some countries as the majority of them could be essentially promoting their interests.

The UPFA constituent issued the statement in the wake of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran reiterating his call for an international intervention in an interview with the foreign media. The retired Supreme Court judge alleged that the Tamils had no option but to call for such an intervention due to the failure on the part of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to fulfil any of the promises he made to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

Responding to a query by The Island, MP Segudawood said that he felt the need to caution the Muslim community against the danger in joining a conspiracy.

The SLMC Chairman stressed the need to be watchful as the anti-Sri Lanka project was gathering momentum ahead of the forthcoming 25th session of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

MP Segudawood insisted that there was no need for any foreign intervention, as Sri Lanka was capable of handling all contentious issues on its own. He opposed efforts to internationalise issues faced by the Muslim community here. Vested interests had been working overtime to involve the Muslim community in the ongoing international campaign against Sri Lanka, he added.

The SLMC always believed that all issues they should be resolved locally and attempts to internationalise them resisted.

Meanwhile, the SLMC said that its decision to contest the forthcoming Southern and Western Provincial Council polls on its own shouldn’t be considered a move against ruling SLFP-led coalition.

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