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Parl elections to be held soon: Sri Lankan PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said parliament elections would be held soon and that the government was creating the suitable atmosphere to hold the crucial polls.

world Updated: Feb 05, 2010 16:37 IST

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on Friday said parliament elections would be held soon and that the government was creating the suitable atmosphere to hold the crucial polls.

"Parliamentary elections will be held soon. For any election we will have to create the suitable atmosphere. In this regard the emergency legislation would have to continue," the Prime Minister told Parliament.

He said the legislation was still necessary to prevent terrorism and ensure peace in the country.

Parliamentary polls are due in April and ever since President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a second term in his office last month, there has been speculation that he would advance the polls.

On the issue of resettlement of displaced Tamil civilians, the Prime Minister said the presence of mines in the former LTTE-held areas was causing the delay in completing the process.

He said it was essential to ensure the safety of the common people before they move into the areas. "In Wanni the security forces has come across many mines and has unearthed many mysterious things," he said.