The government has decided not to extend the state of Emergency, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in parliament on 25th August 2011.
The United States welcomes President Rajapaksa’s announcement. This is a significant step towards normalizing life for the people of Sri Lanka.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake to visit Sri Lanka to hold talks with the government officials, civil society representatives, university students and political leaders. The visit earlier scheduled for next week has now been postponed due to the hurricane in United States.
India also welcomed the decision of the Sri Lankan government and said it would want that country to investigate human rights violations in a transparent manner.
A team of parliament members from India may soon visit Sri Lanka to see the condition of Tamil-speaking people there, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna informed the Rajya Sabha last Thursday.
Sources: Dailymirror 25 August 2011