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New Parliament meets Monday
[December 11, 2001 - 11.45 GMT]

Sri Lankaís twelfth Parliament will convene at 10.00 a.m. on December 17, 2001. 

President Chandrika Kumaratunga issued the proclamation after the Peopleís Alliance [PA] and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna [JVP] had made representations. 

The United National Party [UNP] had also agreed to the new date of December 17, 2001.

The Presidential Secretariat said the Presidentís decision was in view of the many incidents of post-election violence, in several areas of the country.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the JVP had a meeting with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga Monday afternoon. The JVP leadership had expressed to President Kumaratunga the importance of ensuring that there is no constitutional crisis at this moment.

It was also decided at this meeting that the new government should be urged to implement democratic reforms and provide economic relief; both of which could not be completed due to the prorogation of the last Parliament. A JVP news release stated that both sides had also discussed the need to make a concerted protest against the violence by the victors directed at supporters of other parties.

The JVP leadership had also met Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and UNF Deputy Leader, Karu Jayasuriya Monday night, to discuss matters of national interest and the current political trend.

At these discussions the JVP leaders had stated that they would not obstruct any peace initiatives, provided the territorial integrity of the country remained intact.




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Last Updated Date: December 11, 2001  -  11.45 GMT.