Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ranil criticises anti-terror war effort

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has told Indian media that Security Forces in Sri Lanka had failed in the war against LTTE terrorism.

Wickremesinghe, who did not participate in the Ranaviru Day (War Heroes Day) ceremony in Kotte, cited the frequent bomb attacks on civilians as a reason for saying that the war against terror had failed in Sri Lanka.

"Whenever there is terrorism, you need a response. But (that) is not (happening) in Sri Lanka," the Opposition Leader told reporters at the airport, on arrival from Coimbatore en-route to Delhi. He said only a political settlement through "credible power-sharing acceptable to all communities" could bring lasting peace in the island.

The UNP leader arrived at Kochi from Colombo on Thursday and had closed-door sessions for two days with well-known astrologer Parappanangadi Unnikrishna Panicker, the Indian website NewsByte said.

"It was for an Ashtamangalya Prasnam (an astrological pooja for knowing what is in store in the coming days) that Wickremesinghe came here. He used to call on me quite regularly," Panicker told NewsByte. On Saturday and Sunday, Wickremesinghe prayed at the Lord Krishna temple at Guruvayur before emplaning for Chennai.

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