“Our soldiers did not murder any Tamil civilians,” the President added.


liarPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is ready to hold a referendum to seek public opinion on constitutional changes after the Presidential elections.

Speaking in Anuradhapura today at the first election rally of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as part of the President’s election campaign, the President said that he can make the constitutional changes sought by the people.

“I will make the constitutional changes but it will be what the people want through a referendum,” he said.

He said that while the war is over the LTTE is still active and that their network is operating overseas.

The President said that the UN Human Rights Council had sent a letter seeking information on the soldiers and their ranks during the war against the LTTE.

He said that there is still a push by some elements to send the army to The Hague to face war crimes charges but as long as he is in power he will not allow that.

“Our soldiers did not murder any civilians,” the President added.

The President also recalled that the government has fulfilled all its promises since 2005 when it came to power and will keep to its promises even now.

“I am aware and concerns about the kidney disease prevalent in this area and I will take every step to eradicate it,” he told the massive crowd at the Anuradhapura rally.

Rajapaksa also said that it is not difficult to get UNP members to join the government and if he wants he can even get opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to crossover.

“We have said that if they take from us we will also take from them,” the President said moments after former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake took to the stage at the Anuradhapura rally.

The President also insisted that he did not pay a bribe to get Attanayake to join the government and all they did was to meet for coffee before Attanayake crossed over. (Colombo Gazette)

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