The state of Emergency sails through Parliament. It was extended by another month with 120 members voting for and 37 against. UNP Parliamentarian Abdul Cader voted with the Government. Earlier, presenting the resolution in the House, the Prime Minister referred to plans to confiscate all assets of the LTTE within Colombo and the suburbs.
The Prime Minister said that weapons and destructive equipment of the LTTE have been seized. During last month alone, 723 LTTE suspects were arrested from displaced camps. Based on information provided by the arrested LTTE cadres, the Government is in the process of recovering and confiscating the LTTE assets. Taking into consideration all these facts, the Prime Minister emphasized it is vital that the state of emergency be enforced continuously throughout the country if peace, achieved by the total elimination of terrorism, was to be made permanent.