The United National Party`s presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe said that under the sixth amendment to the Constitution, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakshe has taken an oath not to support, directly or indirectly, the formation of a separate state within the terrain of Sri Lanka.
Speaking at public rally in Polgahawela, Wickremesinghe said if Rajapakse really believes that the ceasefire agreement leads to a `separate state` as he keeps on stating on the election platform and via media, his duty and responsibility would be to make a written request to the President asking her to cancel the ceasefire agreement at once.
`Is Mr. Rajapakse ready to fulfill his duty and responsibility undertaken under the said oath and according to his conscience.`
Wickremesinghe, said that the ceasefire agreement was entered into three and a half years ago and it existed for one and half years under Rajapakshe`s premiership.
` By not taking measures to cancel an agreement which he believes leads to a separate state while possessing power and authority to remove it, Mr.Rajapakse has miserably failed in his duty and responsibility by the nation. If he failed as the Prime Minster in his duty and responsibility, Wickremesinghe questioned as to how Rajapakse was going discharge his duty as the President.
`I honestly believe that the ceasefire is the first step towards a united Sri Lanka and therefore by signing the ceasefire agreement I discharged my duty as Prime Minister. Even as President, I would not hesitate in making unpopular and politically disadvantageous decisions if that would benefit my country and my people.`
The ethnic problem he said was a complex issue. It could not be resolved by slogans or bunch of promises.
`We should act according to our consciousness, with tact and wisdom. I believe that all parties should combine resources to achieve sustainable peace for our country`, he said