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By Sumaiya Rizvi


The government says while the Emergency regulations will be amended Anti Terrorism laws and the Terrorism Investigations Act will not be relaxed therefore unlike the Emergency regulations it did not need to be amended time to time.

The government declared that it wanted to amend the Emergency Regulations and were intending to debate it at parliament tomorrow, Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris said.

“The Prime Minister will present the details that should remain in the Emergency regulations. And we (Government) propose that it be debated for two days unlike in previous occasions when the Emergency regulations were debated only a day,” Prof. Peiris said.

Prof. Peiris denied the decisions were a result of the foreign pressure and the EU’s recent comment to the Daily Mirror that it was concerned over the imprisonment of General Sarath Fonseka. “Government doesn’t give into the pressure of anybody,” he said. He said that the Sri Lankan delegation that met the EU officials most recently were not briefed on their concerns for the General Fonseka.

When queried on the Anti Terrorism and Terrorism Investigation Act he said that they were part of the law of this country and therefore unlike the Emergency regulations it did not need to be amended time to time.

According to him during yesterday’s informal cabinet meeting it was agreed upon that the Emergency regulations needed to be amended in the absence of terrorism with the view of encouraging socio economic development.

Meanwhile Prof. Peiris said the government was to discuss with Indian officials on India’s request to set up a consulate in the Jaffna peninsula and said that it was to be decided based on their future bilateral talks. “We have responded to it. We will discuss it at bilateral talks. We don’t make this decision overnight,” Prof. Peiris said. The Indian Government had expressed its intent in setting up a consulate office in Jaffna.
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  • Monday, 03 May 2010 09:51 AM

    Prof Peris - I am sure you are entrusted to find a way out to get GSP plus. You have succeded in fooling the local voters but not the EU. All you have to do is to clear the Jungle Law image.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 03:58 PM

    What's wrong in trying to win the GSP+ again by correcting our mistakes. Or do you mean, we should stick to our old guns and see GSP+ gone for good.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:31 AM

    Pieris, you can't go on singing the same old "baila". You have to play according to the current tune, which you can't.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:43 AM

    The professori seems to have taken all Lankans for fools to believe his "bailas". The presidential pardon for Tissanayagam, amendment of Emergency Regulations etc. are all part of a deal with the EU to get GSP+. Maybe, his threat of legal action against the EU did not work.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 11:01 AM

    That is your wish ???? And pray for it !!!!

    Monday, 03 May 2010 11:03 AM

    Yes Pls. !!!! Lets get into the era of 1987-90 where we had the best time of law and order. Or even back to 80's, which isn't bad at all.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:15 PM

    It is vital to keep SRI LANKA safe from 'vultures' and 'predators' who want to start a another insurrection ...

    Monday, 03 May 2010 12:48 PM

    No matter whatever you do .Ensure the true law and order and democracy in our country. Try your level best to get the GSP+ and IMF to develop our country.Professor, Wish you all the best !


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