Sri Lanka's Prime Minister D M Jayaratna has praised the government's recent victory at the Eastern Provincial Council elections, stating that the government had now negated "hostile attempts... against the motherland".
Sri Lanka's state-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation reported Jayaratna as having said the victory was "an obvious answer for the international conspiracies against the country."
He was also reported to have said,
"Some conspiratory elements have attempted to discredit the government at the UN Human Rights Council and at the international arena. This victory has annulled all hostile attempts by them against the motherland."