COLOMBO, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that the Prevention of Terrorism Act and State of Emergency will be continued in the island for some time despite the conclusion of civil war.
Nimal Siripala de Silva, majority leader of the House told parliament that though terrorism has been completely wiped out, terrorist activists are still at large prowling every corner of the country.
"There are terrorist suspects who are already on arrest under State of Emergency. And, with the termination of the civil war, another group of terrorist suspects surrendered to the armed forces. Police need time for further investigations," Silva said.
He said the termination of civil war does not suggest a complete halt to terrorism and related atrocities, adding that the armed forces still come across caches of arms and hand grenades.
"Even though relatively peaceful, it may take some months to declare the city as a no risk zone. If someone asks of shifting the State of Emergency or nullifying the Prevention of Terrorism Act, it doesn't suggest sense at this moment," Silva said.
While the Prevention of Terrorism Act was certified in 1979, the State of Emergency was declared in 2005 following the assassination of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
Sri Lanka's 30-year civil war came to a conclusion last week with the total defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Claiming discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese dominated governments, the LTTE began to fight for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east since the 1980s, resulting in the killing of more than 100,000 people in Asia's longest civil war.