‘Spectre of terror exists in Asia after Mumbai attacks’
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 17:40
Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on Tuesday warned that the spectre of terror loomed large in Asia ever since the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, including foreigners.

"The chances of terror (attacks) has been there ever since the Mumbai attack and the shadow has also fallen on Sri Lanka," Wickremanayake told Parliament while speaking on the emergency legislation, two days prior to the General elections.

The Parliament also voted to extend the emergency laws in the country. It was passed with 58 votes for and 5 voting against it.

A special session of parliament was convened today to vote the legislation to extend emergency laws. The Parliament was dissolved in February.

While the main Opposition United National Party members were not present in parliament during the voting, the Pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance and the Buddhist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna abstained from voting.

The Prime Minister said the government would not give any room for the remnants of LTTE to revive the outfit.

On those criticizing the emergency, the Prime Minister reminded the Opposition that the global community has lauded Sri Lankan government for uprooting the LTTE.

He said the emergency measures to a great extent helped the security forces to tackle the Tiger rebels.

Wickremanayake said the government was, however, considering removing some provisions in the emergency laws that will have no bearing on the national security.


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 17:40

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