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Cement Industry s Problem Insufficient Demand, Not Controls

he said, "we are not prepared to go for a political solution''. The government extended the state of emergency by one month, dec- lared that it would intensify the military action against the militants, and appealed to the civilians to leave Jaffna if they wanted to avoid the violence. The prime minister also stated that the country could no longer rely on India to find a solution to the ethnic crisis and it would explore "unilateral initiatives of its own accord" The Opposition has in the meanwhile been demanding the resignation of the government for its failure to bring an end to the violence. Only two days later, however, Jayawardene in his speech to the ruling United National Party hastened to reiterate his government's willingness to offer the "hand of peace and friendship" to the "terrorists". This could either be a deliberate ploy to keep everybody guessing or a symptom of a sharp difference of opinion within the government.

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