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TNA may forge alliance to form provincial government in the Eastern Provincial Council in case of loss of a majority, says TNA leader R. Sampanthan: The leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan on August 29 said that the party will negotiate with other parties to forge an alliance to form the provincial government of the Eastern Provincial Council in case of loss of a majority. He said that the party has focused mainly to form an alliance with the Tamil speaking Muslim political party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which is powerful in Ampara and Batticaloa Districts. TNA already has formed a relationship with the major opposition United National Party (UNP) in national politics. ColomboPage, August 30, 2012.

Cabinet approval granted to amend Terrorist Financing Act, says Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella:Cabinet approval was granted on August 23 to a proposal by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amendments to the Convention on Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act No 25 of 2005. Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said this is in keeping with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force of the G 7 countries to eliminate the remaining deficiencies in the law. Daily News, August 24, 2012.

Sri Lanka begins final stage of resettlement process, says Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon:The Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon on August 20 said that Sri Lank has begun the final stage of resettlement process to resettle the remaining internally displaced person (IDP) families in the Northern Province. Recently the government has resettled 994 IDPs belonging to 300 families who had been living in Menik Farm Village in Puthukudiyiruppu West in Mullaitivu District which had been cleared of mines recently. ColomboPage, August 21, 2012.

Eelam project still alive, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa:President Mahinda Rajapaksa on August 15 said that the Eelam project is still alive. "The aim of the Eelamists is to break the unity and trust among us and reduce the feeling for the country and make us criticise the motherland", the President said, adding, no one should be allowed to tarnish the unblemished image of the country while in Sri Lanka or abroad, by the patriotic people of this country. President Rajapaksa said although Eelam is welcome elsewhere they don't want this to happen in their own country. Daily News, August 16, 2012.

Government remains concerned of LTTE's overseas financial network, says United States State Department: The Government of Sri Lanka, although not immediately concerned over a possible resurgence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), remains concerned over its overseas financial network, noted 'Country Reports on Terrorism 2011', an annual report mandated by the US Congress, issued by the United States State Department. The report said that in 2011, there were no incidents of terrorism in Sri Lanka and most counterterrorism activities undertaken by the Government targeted possible LTTE finances as the Government remained concerned that the LTTE's international network of financial support is still functioning. Colombo Page, August 1, 2012.

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