India, Britain and Australia hail decision
India, Britain and Australia yesterday welcomed the announcement by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on August 25 that Emergency
regulations will be lifted.
India yesterday welcomed the Sri Lankan government's decision to
withdraw emergency, PTI reported
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told Lok Sabha that the
decision of Colombo to withdraw Emergency once its term expires this
month was a welcome step.
The British High Commission, Colombo yesterday welcomed President
Rajapaksa's statement that the state of Emergency will be brought to an
end, after a period of over two years free from terrorist attacks.
"This announcement marks an important move towards normalisation and
the strengthening of civil and political rights.
We look forward to the lifting of the Emergency Regulations," a
Australia welcomes the announcement by President, Mahinda Rajapaksa,
in Parliament on August 25 that the country's Emergency Regulations will
be lifted, an Australian High Commission release states. This decision
is an important step in reconciliation and normalisation after years of
conflict in Sri Lanka.
It is a decision which reflects Sri Lanka's democratic traditions and
hope for the future.