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LIFT OF EMERGENCY IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP – US

Sep 2, 2011 7:29:25 AM - itnnews.lk

The United States has said that the expiry of emergency regulations could be a significant step towards “normalising life” for people of Sri Lanka.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters in Washington that the United States did welcome President Rajapaksa’s proposal last week in Parliament that the emergency regulations will lapse at the end of August. He emphasized that they believed this could well be a significant step towards normalising life for the people of Sri Lanka. The United States has also acknowledged the Lankan government for “rehabilitating and releasing more than 11,000 former LTTE combatants” who were taken into custody at the end of the conflict. Mr. Toner said they had called on the government of Sri Lanka to look into allegations of human rights abuses in the past.