25 November, 2020

'India Can Help On The Constitutional Side'

The Sri Lankan PM on the April 2 polls, the peace process and the positive role India can possibly play in ensuring its success

'India Can Help On The Constitutional Side'
When Outlook met him at his official residence, Temple Trees, on Tuesday, March 2, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sounded confident of victory in the April 2 general election and hoped President Chandrika Kumaratunga would respect the mandate. Wickremesinghe also spoke extensively on the peace process and the positive role India can possibly play in ensuring its success. Excerpts from his interview with Lasantha Wickrematunga:

What do you think this election will decide?
It will decide the future of Sri Lanka. In 2001, we got a mandate to end the war, a 20-year-old war which had brought utter destruction to the country. At the tail-end of the Kumaratunga government, there was no hope in sight. The economy had collapsed. Our mandate was to bring the war to an end and to revive the economy. We have done that within a two-year period. We have a ceasefire. We have the peace process. And we are about to start our negotiations on the political solution with the Tigers' participation. This election will decide whether we have a successful...


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