The government says that Emergency Regulations will be completely lifted by the end of this year.
Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has told the Cabinet press briefing that the government would continue to lift the Emergency Regulations until the end of the year when it will be completely lifted.
He has added that the decision to gradually remove the Emergency Regulations was not compelled by any pressure from external forces.
He has observed that the security and administration of Sri Lankais a domestic responsibility of the government.
When queried, Rambukwella has completely denied that last Thursday’s US House Foreign Relations Committee resolution to ban development aid unlessSri Lankalifted emergency regulations had played any role on the government’s decision.
“TheUSaction also was a domestic issue of that country. We do not take issues of other countries when we arrive on our decisions,” he has told the media.