Monday, December 05, 2005

Colombo Stock Exchange plunges as Monks call for War

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the all monks Buddhist nationalist party called for a return to war on Monday.

At a JHU press meet the leader of the party demanded the country be put on war footing and preparations be made for an impending showdown.

He also reiterated that any final solution to the ethnic conflict must be within a unitary state.

The JHU was a part of the SLFP-JVP-JHU axis that campaigned for the election victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

On hearing the news, the Colombo Stock Exchange plunged 68.82 points (3.05%) to close at 2,187.56.

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