May 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan government and the President have taken measures to ease the restrictions imposed under emergency regulations to return the country to normalcy and accelerate development, a senior minister said today.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told state media today that the government does not wish to continue the state of emergency but some emergency regulations are essential since the pro-LTTE groups are still attempting to spread terrorist activities to discredit the government.
The Minister said the state of emergency, continually imposed since the assassination of then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in August 2005, will gradually be eased as the terrorist activities in the country had decreased significantly.
The new parliament which convened today for its first sitting will reconvene tomorrow to debate the issue to bring about necessary amendments to relax emergency measures.
AS a first measure the government has reopened the segment of the road from Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha to Thunmulla junction on the Bauddaloka Mawatha (Bullers Road) that had been closed for a long time due to security reasons.
The employees, who work in the institutions, and students and teachers in the schools located in the area, welcomed the measure as it would make their daily commute less stressful. The state transport board and private bus owners have also welcomed the measure to reopen the road for public commuting.