The motion for the extension of Emergency regulations for another one month was approved in parliament yesterday by a majority of 111 votes. 134 members voted for the motion while 23 members from the UNP, the Tamil National Alliance and Democratic National Alliance voted against it.
Minister of Construction, Engineering Service, Housing and Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa winding up the debate on the motion said that it is the intention of the government to strengthen the democracy and develop the country.
Mr.Weerawansa said that the president has vowed that no room will be allowed for such situations to happen and even the Ministers of the government has made statements in Parliament on this matter.
The Minister said that the opposition is attempting to achieve petty political objectives even by defaming the country in the international arena and requested the opposition not to mix politics with the future of the country. If there are abductions and killings in the North they should be punished according to the law. According to information received certain under-ground elements are working in coordination with tiger terrorists not only in Jaffna but in other areas as well and hence it is necessary that the emergency regulations should prevail until these under-ground elements are eliminated.
Minister Weerawansa further said that there are anti-national elements who dislike this country being built as a peaceful nation, behind these under ground forces, and they should be brought before the law. He said the opposition wants to highlight this country as a lawless nation,to the world, but this country has better democracy than most of the countries claiming to be the guardians of the democracy. it is the objective of the government to show to the western world that we have better democracy. (niz).