Multi-party anti-racism grouping in parliament | Sunday Observer

Multi-party anti-racism grouping in parliament

UNP backbench MPs are leading an initiative to form a bloc of parliamentarians to stand against racism and promote inter-communal harmony, in the wake of a spate of devastating attacks targeting Muslims in Kandy two weeks ago.

The new forum comprising parliamentarians representing all political parties in Parliament, will be formed soon to promote peace and pave the way to move forward as one united Sri Lankan nation, UNP Puttalam District MP Hector Appuhamy told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

“At present, various attempts are being made by certain extremist elements to promote hatred and disharmony among communities to realise their narrow objectives. One of the prime objectives of the forum is to prevent such attempts by these elements to destabilise the country and make collaborative efforts with Sinhalese,” he said.

Discussions are underway with political parties to launch the new organisation as early as possible to effectively contribute towards the Government’s efforts to bring lasting peace in the country.

“We have already discussed with the TNA and some other Tamil politicians representing the upcountry Tamil people. We will also discuss with Muslim political parties and other political parties in Parliament,” MP Appuhamy said.(UK)