Resetting relations with the US, India and China : PM in NY Times interview

23 February 2015 - 443   - 0

In an interview with the New York Times Prime Minister Ranil Wickrememsinghe said  he had managed to help reset relations with the United States, India and China and had only just started to grapple with the profound issues of releasing hundreds of political prisoners and handing back thousands of acres of land seized mostly from minority Tamils during this country’s long civil war. The Premier said a  tentative list of prisoners has already been created.

“I just want it to be verified twice over from my end before we say here’s the final list,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said in the interview. “We should have it by March. And if there is any secret camps, you can close it down and get these people.”

He also added that in terms of President Rajapaksa contesting upcoming Parliamentary elections that he didnt think the former President would enter the running.

“I don’t think he’ll contest,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said. “I know him.”

Read the full interview here

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