Tamil political representatives have lauded the initiative taken by the President to lift the Emergency. They said would be a measure to make more meaningful the peace that has been enthroned in the country.
Parliamentarian V. Radhakrishnan of the Up Country Peoples Front said the President announced in Parliament the lifting of the Emergency. It is an important decision. The people during the last 30 years suffered immensely and are now enjoying peace. Mr. Radhakrishnan said they wished to express their gratitude to the President for the opportunity afforded to the people to live in peace and amity.
Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian, P. Ariyanethran pointed out that they are satisfied over the lifting of the emergency. This peaceful environment is a great benefit for the people. It will lead to the building of trust between the communities. He was of the view that this would also be a strength for the progress of the country.
Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.K. Sivajilingam noted that there were many requests for the withdrawal of the emergency. They are glad that the emergency is no more. He said everyone including the Opposition should support in solving the national issue.