The resolution was passed with a majority of 72 votes. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna , the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna and the Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka thera voted with the Government. Only the Tamil National Alliance opposed. United National Party members were not present when the vote was taken up.
Meanwhile, oining in the emergency debate, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake expressed concern that continuous appeals had to be made to Sri Lankans to obliterate terrorism, although SAARC leaders were united in vanquishing the common enemy. The Prime Minister said the regional leaders united to defeat this common enemy but he is concerned that repeated appeals had to be made to all those who are living in this island to support the routing of the terrorist. The LTTE announced a ceasefire during the summit period to hide their real image from the world. They flouted their own ceasefire and attacked the Muhamalai Forward Defence Line. Brutality of the LTTE terrorists is mentioned throughout their history. Various Specialists are analysing the military victories and the LTTE s silence and forwarding decisions. But, the Prime Minister emphasised that the gallant soldiers will continue their forward march. The troops had a target, a vision and have past experiences. As such, Mr. Wickrkamanayake urged the House not to belittle the dedication and courage of the war heroes.