Emergency likely to go from Sept.

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Fresh after the reiteration by India that Sri Lanka should do away with the state of emergency immediately, the government has decided to lift it from next month, a senior government minister said yesterday.

Last week in the Lok Sabha, India’s External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna, making a suo motu statement, said that he stressed to his Sri Lankan counterpart the need for an early withdrawal of emergency regulations, investigations into allegations of human rights violations, restoration of normalcy in affected areas and redress to humanitarian concerns of affected families.

The government reintroduced the state of emergency in 2005 after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar by the LTTE in August 2005. Since then, the ruling party continued to extend the state of emergency in Parliament every month after a debate.

The government, however, scaled down some of the regulations in May last year, and cited the need to retain the rest to legally deal with those involved in terrorist activities.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) opposed the extension of the emergency right from the beginning. The opposition parties such as the JVP supported it during the war time. However, the UNP and the JVP started voting against its extension some time after the end of the war in 2009.
The Minister who wished to remain anonymous said the state of emergency would remain this month. Accordingly, he said that Parliament would debate it tomorrow as scheduled.“Most likely, it will not be extended from next month,” he said. (KB)
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  • RAJU Monday, 08 August 2011 06:58 AM

    THANK GOD ATLEAST PEOPLE CAN WALK ON THE STREET WITHOUT FEAR. BUT WHO KNOWS HOW LONG?

    rajthas Sunday, 07 August 2011 10:18 PM

    good for all of us.

    Bumba Sunday, 07 August 2011 11:36 PM

    Thank you, India, USA and the EU.

    nanda Monday, 08 August 2011 12:09 AM

    That is good. Other palces are peacefull except galle and kelaniya.

    GSK Monday, 08 August 2011 03:13 AM

    OK !! any new law coming n???

    PRF Monday, 08 August 2011 08:39 AM

    move to get us aid?

    Mifaz Monday, 08 August 2011 04:03 AM

    You are absolutely correct

    Mifaz Monday, 08 August 2011 04:09 AM

    Very good decision is going to make implemented.

    Sitting Bull Monday, 08 August 2011 04:10 AM

    Does anyone think they will up and do away with the emergency just like that?

    musthafa Monday, 08 August 2011 10:49 AM

    free country - good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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