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Monday, November 18, 2013 - 07.09 GMT

President rejects Cameronís deadline


President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected the three month ultimatum issued by British Prime Minister David Cameron for Sri Lanka to hold a credible investigation into alleged war crimes in the final stages of the humanitarian operation to defeat the LTTE.

He said it was extremely unfair to issue such ultimata when the government was already working towards genuine reconciliation.

He was answering questions from the media at the concluding press conference of CHOGM 2013 held at the BMICH last evening (17)
Terrorism lasted 30 years in the country. Solutions to such a prolonged conflict cannot be found in three months. Matters relating to reconciliation cannot be concluded on the basis of a deadline or ultimatum, he said.

President Rajapaksa emphasized that Sri Lanka respected the values of the Commonwealth and believes in democracy. He was against attempts to sow the seeds of discord through deadlines, ultimata and such deeds when what is needed is to rebuild the mindset of all people who had suffered so long under the brutality of terrorism.




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