Feb 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Leader of Opposition and the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan today strongly condemned the Monday night's attack on Muslim establishments in the Eastern town of Ampara saying any form of violence is not acceptable.
Issuing a statement, the Opposition Leader said he strongly condemns the attacks carried out against the Muslim community in Ampara and urged "those who committed these unwarranted acts to create disunity and bring division among the communities to stay away from such activities and not to create ethnic tension among people."
The Opposition Leader urged the government to take stern action against the preparatory of the violence in Ampara and to take adequate measures to prevent such incidents being repeated in future.
"We have witnessed such incidents in the past and we have experienced the repercussions of such unacceptable behavior and actions. I urge the police and the other officials to enforce the law and order impartially."
"l humbly appeal to the religious leaders to ensure that peace and harmony are maintained in these areas and not to allow any extremist elements to take advantage of these incidents," he said.
He appealed to the people in Ampara and other areas to remain calm and to set an example to others of the importance of unity among communities.