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* Deputy minister calls for Muslim representation in Sri Lankan government-TNA discussions
Sat, May 14, 2011, 09:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 14, Colombo: A senior member of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), deputy minister Basheer Segu Dawood has called for Muslim representation in the talks between the government and the major Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance (TNA) to find a solution to the ethnic issue.

Dawood has said the Muslims in the country have the right to demand for representation in the government and TNA discussions.

Speaking at the M. A. Bakeer Markar Memorial Lecture organized by the All Ceylon Union of Muslim League Youth Front, the deputy minister had said the Tamil community in the country now had the advantage of striking a deal with the government following the developments that have taken place after the release of the report by the UN Secretary General's panel of experts on Sri Lanka.

According to Dawood, the Muslims have not been benefited by the recent developments and should therefore unite to call for their rights.

Dawood in his speech had also condemned the panel report.

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