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WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAKSHMAN KADIRGAMAR, ADVISOR TO SRI LANKAN PRESIDENT KUMARATUNGA, SAYING "I have specifically been authorized by President Kumaratunga to state that the ceasefire agreement stands and will stand, there is no question about that. The President has no intention whatsoever of resumption or provoking the resumption of hostilities." JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) KADIRGAMAR SAYING "The people of Sri Lanka will have to decide sooner rather than later in the face of this kind of proposal; are they willing to surrender two-thirds of the country to the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), face up to the question, don't duck it." JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) KADIRGAMAR SAYING "She made it very clear that she is perfectly willing to talk to the LTTE about a negotiated settlement involving a devolution of power which she has been saying for a very long time within the parameters of a united Sri Lanka and its territorial sovereignty and integrity." WIDE OF PRESSER (W4) COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (NOVEMBER 5, 2003) (REUTERS) WIDE OF NEWS CONFERENCE BY CABINET SPOKESMAN G.L. PEIRIS (SOUNDBITE) (English) CABINET SPOKESMAN G.L. PEIRIS SAYING "The government of Ranil Wickremesinghe continues to enjoy the confidence of the vast majority of members of parliament. Now that is the basis fact which we need to recognise, everything else flows from that. This is a government that was elected by the people of Sri Lanka on the 5th of December 2001. We have received an overwhelming mandate from the people in subsequent elections that were held in March and in May 2002, for the local authorities and the provincials. And we are firmly in control of parliament." CAMERA OPERATORS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PEIRIS SAYING "The declaration of a state of emergency is of course within the powers of the president. And as honourable (inaudible) said, we respect the laws of this land and the laws of this land confer upon Her Excellency, the president, the power to declare a state of emergency. But that state of emergency has to be endorsed by parliament, within 14 days." PHOTOGRAPHERS VARIOUS OF SECURITY IN STREETS (3 SHOTS) (W3) COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (NOVEMBER 5,2003) (REUTERS) WS: INTERIOR OF COLOMBO STOCK EXCHANGE TRADERS AT TERMINALS (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED TRADER SAYING "There are a few buyers but everybody is in a kind of fear to buy stocks." QUESTION: "HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS WILL LAST?" "This will last for another two-three days and then I think it will recover." TRADERS LOOKING AT PRICES ON SCREEN (2 SHOTS) CU: SCREEN WITH PRICES Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Dateline: 2003

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