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* Marxists urge Sri Lankan government to apologize to Pakistan
Monday, November 26, 2007, 17:42 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 26, Colombo: The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna urged the Sri Lankan government to express its regrets to the president and the government of Pakistan for the initial support to suspend Pakistan from the Commonwealth.

While welcoming that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government have reversed Sri Lanka's support for the suspension of Pakistan, the JVP’s Politburo said “We urge the government to express its regrets to the president and the government of Pakistan.”

It said the foreign policy of the United People’s Front Alliance government has no clear direction. “This has been manifested again and again since the assassination of former Foreign Minister Mr. Laxman Kadirgamar.”

“As a country vehemently opposing foreign intervention in her internal affairs, Sri Lanka is required to be cautious before taking decisions regarding events in other countries.”

The JVP said it is well aware that the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf has already announced that a general election will be held on January 8, 2008. The Pakistan government has released thousands of political prisoners and established favourable conditions in the country for the self - exiled leaders of the opposition to return, it added.

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