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Panel set up

By V.S. Sambandan

COLOMBO, SEPT. 16. The Sri Lankan Government has set up a high-level Inter-Ministerial Committee, headed by its Foreign Affairs Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, to study the "implications of the Sethusamudram project on Sri Lanka and its economy and environment."

The Government "is concerned that there will be a number of serious implications for Sri Lanka if the proposed project is implemented," said a statement announcing the Cabinet decision.

The committee, headed by Mr. Kadirgamar, would include the Ministers for Defence, Environment and Natural Resources, Ports and Aviation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Science and Technology.

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