President Rajapaksa further said that certain groups have reported in Geneva that there is no religious freedom in Sri Lanka which is not true and said such accusations cannot breach the trust that has been built among all religions.
All Muslims in the country were driven away from the North after giving a two hour deadline. They remained in refugee camps for some 20 years in Puttalam with the Sinhalese. Even after he assumed Office, the President said the Muslims of the East were also driven away by the LTTE. Thereafter they had to be resettled. When the Muslims were praying in Kattankudi the terrorists stormed into the mosque and massacred them. 123 Muslims were killed. The President pointed out that although many have forgotten the past, the people of the country cannot forget these incidents.
Sri Lankan President said he is confident that all Muslim countries which are well aware of the truth, will stand on behalf of Sri Lanka with one voice in the international arena.
The President also called on everyone to proceed forward in unity, safeguarding the motherland.
Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha, MP A.H.M. Azwer and President's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath also participated in the occasions.