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* DNA MP General Fonseka calls for lifting state of emergency
Wed, May 5, 2010, 10:07 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader and former Army Commander, parliamentarian Retired General Sarath Fonseka yesterday (04) called for the lifting the state of emergency in the greater interests of the country.

Speaking during the debate to extent emergency regulations, General Fonseka said there was no need for the government to continue with the state of emergency, as the country did not have a threat from terrorism now.

"According to my knowledge as the ex-Army Commander, I can say that any residual problems can now be dealt with under the normal civil law," he observed.

During his speech he also expressed gratitude to all those who had helped him in his political career.

Recalling his previous visits to parliament, General Fonseka said that he had first entered the old parliamentary complex as a military officer to provide security and last year as the army commander who led the military operations against the LTTE.

"On that occasion I remember how the President hailed me in his speech. But today I have come here as a political prisoner," he said, adding that politics of hatred would not take the country anywhere.

According to him, more than 50 former military officers who had worked for him were under arrest today.

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