not a solution to NE conflict: Mahinda
On the last lap of a gruelling and close presidential race, Prime
Minister and UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapakse told The Sunday Times
he did not see war as a solution to the crisis in the north and
east and he believed the humanitarian problems of the people there
should be resolved amicably.
Rajapakse said the charge that he did not have minority support
or was against the minorities was baseless because several minority
parties were firmly behind him.
to questions and widespread charges that his policy on the ethnic
conflict might plunge the country back to war, Mr. Rajapakse said
such a fear was baseless and his goal was to reach a majority consensus
for a negotiated solution.
“We should find a solution among ourselves. This may not be
in the books. We should reach wide consensus. So far efforts to
resolve the conflict have not helped. I am looking for a new approach
to reach a fresh consensus,” he told The Sunday Times.
I have said that we can arrive at some decision in three months.
That is the maximum I can give them. What I will do is to try and
reach some consensus from the people in the south within three months.
And after that we should try to reach a consensus with all the parties,”
confidence in me and vote for me. I am only requesting one thing
from the voters. That is not to harm any of the opponents after
the election. We need to co-operate and work with them after the
election to build the nation,” Mr. Rajapakse said