UNP leader and presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said thought should be given to find a way to get the services of President Chandrika Kumaratunga for the development of the country after her retirement from office.
Addressing the UNP parliamentary group Mr. Wickremesinghe said he would initiate a system similar to the United States to get the active service of Presidents in retirement. He stressed the UNP and the SLFP had agreed on several matters regarding the peace process. He said that a lasting peace could be achieved by only going ahead along those agreements.
Mr. Wickremesinghe said he expected to invite the SLFP as well as all other political parties to carryout a programme acceptable to all in the country. He said that through such means he expects to steer the country along a new path to achieve development and democratic stability.
?The UNP will formulate policies that can only be implemented after assuming office. We are preparing short, medium and long term proposals and that`s what the people expect from our party. If the country is to be developed without being divided, a fixed set of policies should be continuously implemented for at least 12-15 years. Our National Agenda focusses in that direction. I consider this election as a means to seek a mandate to implement such a set of permanent policies. We should prepare an environment where other political parties too would support our moves.
?It was President Chandrika Kumaratunga who first said that a solution acceptable to all should be reached within a united Sri Lanka. Accordingly the UNP government came to an agreement with the LTTE in Oslo in that direction. The UNP prepared a framework for discussions at the Tokyo conference. That framework was also accepted by the President,? Mr. Wickremesinghe said.