February 19, 2013
The Sri Lanka Muslim Council and the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) had key meetings with the government this evening regarding the controversy which has arisen over the Halal certification.
The ACJU met Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and discussed concerns arising from the issuing of Halal certificates in Sri Lanka.
The Defence Secretary had requested the ACJU to submit a proposal in due course which could be used as a solution to defuse the tensions over the issue.
Some Buddhist groups have objected to the Halal certificate being issued by the ACJU in Sri Lanka.
A cabinet subcommittee headed by former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake, which was appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look into the religious tensions in the country after the Halal issue arose, also met separately today.
The committee decided to convene a meeting with the ACJU on Thursday. (Colombo Gazette)