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President ready to accept PSC collective decision, says Environment Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa: Environment Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said on September 26 that the government is always ready to negotiate and this is why President Mahinda Rajapaksa displayed his sincerity by saying he is prepared to accept any collective decision taken by the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) in connection with the ethnic issue. Minister Yapa said unfortunately the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and other political parties are still dithering. Daily News, September 27, 2012.

Only 500 ex-LTTE cadres remaining to be released, says military: Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya on September 26 said that 11,500 ex-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (ex-LTTE) combatants out of the 12,000 surrendered or in the custody of the state have been reunited with their families after rehabilitation. He said that out of the 500 that remained around 320 would be reunited with their families soon. Daily News, September 26, 2012.

UPFA aoppints M. N. Abdul Majeed as Chief Minister of the EPC: United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA)'s M. N. Abdul Majeed on September 18 was appointed Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC). He took his oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees, Colombo. He came third in the list from the Trincomalee District obtaining 11,726 preference votes at last week's EPC poll where the UPFA emerged ahead of all contenders. Daily News, September 19, 2012.

UPFA won all the three PCs election: The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won all three provincial councils - North Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa election held on September 8. The UPFA was able to win all the three Provincial Councils securing 63 seats out of 114. Significantly, the UPFA won 14 seats in the Eastern Provincial Council out of 35 seats, while the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) secured 11.

Meanwhile, TNA which secured the second highest number of seats at the Eastern Provincial Council on September 10 said it would stake a claim to form the council with the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the United National Party (UNP). The UNP and SLMC both secured four seats each. Daily Mirror, September 10, 2012.

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