Ranil says confident, keen on talks

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 December 1999, 15:01 GMT]
"Give me chance to talk with the Liberation Tigers" said Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party candidate for next Tuesday's presidential election, Ranil Wickremasinghe. He was addressing the last press conference, before the elections, this morning in Colombo.

Answering a question put forward by a journalist, whether he would accept the three conditions required by the LTTE for talks, the UNP leader, Mr. Wickremasinghe replied "I want to talk with the LTTE. I want to indicate my intention to settle the ethnic problem through peaceful ways to them. Give me a chance for that. Thereafter we can develop the process step by step".

ranil_161299.jpg
UNP leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe, addressing a press conference in Colombo, 16 December.Photo:TamilNet
Wickremasinghe further said he would try to avoid the division of the country and bring the war to an end.

When he was asked to comment on press reports that the LTTE is supporting him in the Presidential elections, Wickremasinghe said "I do not know about that. But I am aware that LTTE is opposing President Chandrika."

He added that he had come to the conclusion it was necessary to have talks with the LTTE if he's elected to office, through his long standing experiences gained in politics.

Quipping that Chandrika was elected as President after being the Prime Minister for a few days, Ranil said he did not enter politics like that. "I am in politics for a longer period".

He said although it was expected poll-related violence could take place in a larger scale, it would not affect his victory.

He expressed confidence that he would poll over 50 % of the total votes in the forthcoming election.

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.04.18 21:15   Photo
JUSU urges Tamils to mark Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance in its true spirit of uprising
18.04.18 23:03  
Cooray emerges as broker of civil contracts to occupying Sinhala military in North
17.04.18 23:31  
SL Resettlement Ministry twists figures on lands seized by Sinhala military in North
16.04.18 20:02  
Mano Ganesan challenged in Jaffna, politician complains of threat
15.04.18 10:13  
7 DS officials under pressure to collaborate with Sinhala colonisation schemes in Batticaloa
14.04.18 23:19  
Colombo schemes new type of subservient CSD colonies in Jaffna diverting foreign aid
13.04.18 23:18   Photo
SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail
12.04.18 19:03  
SL Forest department blocks access to 300 acres of agricultural lands in Ampaa'rai
11.04.18 23:20  
Tamil political prisoner launches hunger-strike at Anuradhapura prison
10.04.18 18:19  
Genocidal Sri Lanka imposes forcible military training for CSD pre-school teachers
09.04.18 11:40   Photo
Fisheries society cautiously welcomes Court decision on fishing access to Naayaa'ru Tamils
08.04.18 23:28  
Militarisation of pre-schools akin to child soldiering: NPC Education Minister
07.04.18 21:34  
Muslim politicians block relocation of SL military base in Batticaloa
06.04.18 06:35   Photo
NPC finally awakens against SL Mahaweli Authority obstructing territorial integrity of Tamil homeland
05.04.18 16:46  
Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4371