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Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesighe on Monday challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to a public debate this week on the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka which is expected to be adopted or rejected on Thursday, March 27.
 
Addressing an election rally on Kiribathgoda last evening, Mr. Wickremesinghe said this debate should be telecast worldwide as well as on all local television and radio channels.
 
He said a date and time for a debate should be fixed before Thursday as the vote is going to be taken up on the resolution against Sri Lanka on Thursday. 
He said such a debate would help both leaders to identify aspects which they could both agree to and also to come up with a suitable solution to the national issue together.
 
Mr. Wickremesinghe also suggested an all party discussion aimed at a common set of action which could be submitted to the UNHRC. 
Questioning as to why the government failed to implement recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) despite it being a commission appointed by the government itself, he suggested that the government holds a referendum to seek the opinion of the people.
 
Mr. Wickremesinghe also said one could not understand why the ruling party was asking the people to vote for them if they opposed the resolution. “the UNHRC cannot take Sri Lanka to international criminal courts and it cannot impose sanctions on Sri Lanka. Then why is all this fuss?” he questioned. 
The birthday song was played for Mr. Wickremesighe when he arrived at the rally, since his birthday fell on Monday.(Yohan Perera)








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  • Cobra Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:45 AM

    I'd give my eye tooth to see this!

    Fuzzy Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:11 AM

    Can't wait to see this. via DM Android App

    M.Muttha Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:55 PM

    Fuzzy, We will never see this debate in our lifetime. via DM iPad app

    max Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:11 AM

    world no need debate about his multy billion corruptions,cruel actions against powerless people.just wait,karma will give him sufferings.

    Nims Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:43 AM

    Keep doing your dirty tricks until the enemy knock your door. You have no love for our motherland

    Nims Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:46 AM

    Massive crowd. Ranil you are on the way to Presidency. Keep supporting the WEST

    Bhoja Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:52 PM

    Again open the mouth...... Plz plaster ur mouth till end the PC polls

    Debater Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:53 AM

    Who has debates in SL except in schools. We see debates on TV. Our Vatti Ammas are more decent and civil than our Politikkas in presenting their points of view. via DM iPad app


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