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Abolishing 13th Amendment is an invitation to separatism, warns senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera: Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera warned on October 26 that abolishing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would be an invitation to separatism. He said that armed movements in the North had laid down their arms and entered the democratic political process due to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Colombo Page, October 26, 2012.

Government to hold dialogue with Tamil Diaspora, says Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella: Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said on October 19 that the Sri Lankan Government is planning to hold discussions with the Tamil Diaspora soon. The Minister said the planned dialogue will be held shortly under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Colombo Page, October 20, 2012.

Administration of 12 new divisional secretariats in Sri Lanka will be bilingual: The Sri Lankan Government has identified 12 new divisional secretariats in nine Districts that are required to use both Sinhala and Tamil as their languages in administration. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that Dehiwala - Mount Lavinia, Ganga Ihala Korale and the Kandy Four Gravets and Gangawata Korale, Matale, Lankapura and Welikanda in Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura, Balangoda, Mawanella, Kekirawa, Vavuniya South and Dehiattakandiya divisional secretariats should use both languages in their administrations. Colombo Page, October 15, 2012.

TNA may join PSC if Government assures not to 'cheat again', says TNA leader R. Sampanthan: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan on October 11 said that they will consider joining the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) proposed by the Government to solve the ethnic issue if the Government assures them that they will not be cheated again. He said this during his meeting with India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in New Delhi. Colombo Page, October 12, 2012.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon welcomes positive developments in Sri Lanka: United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on October 2 welcomed the positive developments in Sri Lanka, including the complete resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the closure of the resettlement village at Menik Farm, holding Provincial Council elections in the Eastern Province, steps taken to reach out to civil society. He also welcomed the action plan to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). Daily News, October 4, 2012.

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