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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

Sri Lanka Government will always stand for peace and a negotiated settlement - Weekly cabinet briefing

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 19 May, (Asiantribune.com): Minister of Information and Media Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says the government will always stand for peace and a negotiated settlement. Speaking at the weekly cabinet media briefing in Colombo on Thursday the Minister stressed that the government’s stand in this regard has not changed.

He observed that at a time when an election is to be held everyone must accept and behave according to the decisions of the Elections Commissioner.

In the meanwhile it was revealed that a special programme is being prepared to minimize the man elephant conflict.

A proposal to the Cabinet was presented by Minister Maithreepala Sirisena to this effect and this has received cabinet approval.

Last year 68 humans and 117 elephants lost their lives due to this conflict.

Within the first quarter of this year alone the number is 16 humans and 39 elephants.

Under to the programme, steps will be taken to tame elephants that are dangerous to humans and engaged them in human activities.

- Asian Tribune -

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