Military holds talks with Muslim groups

The military has had talks today with Muslim groups on the security concerns of Muslims over the situation which has developed following the Halal certification issue.
The meeting comes a week after similar discussions were held between the military and the Bodu Bala Sena monks.
The Navamani newspaper reported that the Head of the Military Intelligence took part in the meeting today with the Muslim organizations.
The military had assured the Muslims that they will be given full security and that any anti-Muslim campaign will not be encouraged.
Meanwhile separately Ministers A.H.M Fowzie, Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Badurdeen and A.L.M Athulaulla met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Navamani newspaper reported.
The newspaper said in an online posting that the situation faced by Muslims in the country was discussed at the meeting.
Earlier today Colombo Gazette reported that Muslims in Sri Lanka had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by them as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.
The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.
“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said.
The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette)