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Mr Speaker, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak today on this Adjournment Motion regarding the continuation of Emergency Regulations. The issue is of concern to all of us, and we need to discuss this in practical terms, in a spirit of reconciliation, and determination to work together for the betterment of all Sri Lankans.

For this purpose we need to look into the past, to learn from what went wrong, and ensure no repetition of such wrongs in the future. The history of Emergency Regulations in this country teaches us that there have been two types of Emergency, an Emergency that provides protection to the citizens, and an Emergency that increases violence and suffering. Such violence is used not only by enemies of the State, but by State forces too, which contributes to greater problems. Sadly there have been Governments in the past, though not for the last 20 years, that used Emergencies in a manner that played into the hands of terrorists.
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Rajiva Wijesinha

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