Hakeem says Muslims saw Indo-Lanka accord as betrayal

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem told Parliament today that the Muslims in Sri Lanka felt the Indo-Lanka accord betrayed the Muslim community.

Speaking in Parliament today, Hakeem said that Muslims lost the political strength they had in the East as a result of the Indo-Lanka accord.

“With the Indo-Lanka accord the entire Muslim community felt they were betrayed because that paved the way for the temporary merger of the North and East,” he said.

Hakeem said the Muslims directed their anger towards the Muslim parliamentarians at the time.

The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed in Colombo on 29 July 1987, between then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene.

The accord was expected to resolve the Sri Lankan civil war by enabling the thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act of 1987. (Colombo Gazette)

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