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Altering Sri Lanka’s unitary status is non-negotiable – Sajith

“Altering the unitary status of Sri Lanka is non-negotiable under myleadership as the President of the country,” Presidential Candidate of the New Democratic Front (NDF) Minister Sajith Premadasa said yesterday.

Premadasa was addressing the ceremony held to launch and sign the Charter on War Heroes at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo last morning.

He said that various parties have pledged their support for his political campaign solely based on his election manifesto and not based on any other condition or discussion he has had on the federal-type power devolution.

“I never spoke in support of the federal system. I do not bow down to any condition. I will bow down only in front of the people of this country,” he said.

“Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the federal captain. They had pledged 13+ when they attended foreign meetings but urged to bring 13- in Sri Lanka. I will never step out from the unitary status,” Premadasa said.

He said the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Sri Lanka will never be compromised. “My rivals are spreading false stories that Sajith Premadasa is going to make this country a federal state,” he said.

He promised that the power devolution would be implemented to the maximum within unitary Sri Lanka without destroying the country’s identity.

“Our rivals are criticising us just to achieve their personal agendas. That is why they are using the patriotic label and cheat the people of this country,” he added.

“Today is an important day in our history. We launch the War Heroes’ Charter. I pledge here that I will not misuse the war heroes of our country for any other work other than their official duties,” he said.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who has also been announced to be the Defence Minister of the future Sajith Premadasa government, assured to provide durable solutions to every difficulty and problem the tri-forces soldiers and the police and the civil security department officers face.

He said the future government would not take revenge from the war heroes. Instead, the soldiers will be strengthened with all necessary facilities, he said.

After the end of the war, the previous government did not take steps to empower the forces. But they claimed the credit for the war victory, he said.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardena, State Minister Faizal Cassim, MPs Lakshman Seneviratne and Chathura Senaratne and a large gathering of retired and disabled war heroes participated.

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