President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly told his confidants that he is prepared to talk with ousted Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriayarachchi provided they withdraw statements, that the President said `grossly distorted the human rights situation in Sri Lanka and undermined national security`.
A source close to the President told the Daily Mirror last evening that the President had said he was prepared to forget what the two former Ministers had said about him and his two brothers if they `corrected themselves on what they said about human rights and security`.
Mr Samaraweera recently said somebody was being abducted in Sri Lanka every eight hours while Mr. Sooriyarachchi said the security forces fought a fake war in the East.
On the President`s side, the doors to reconciliation are still open, said the source.
`It is the opinion of the President that the two ministers had played politics with the country`s image by making mischievous statements on national security and crucial issues like the human rights situation` the source said.
`The President wonders why none of these issues were raised while the two were in the Cabinet and why they went public only after being sacked` he said..
`While the ministers were using the media to attack President Rajapaksa, even a couple of days before the sacking, the President made five calls to Mr. Samaraweera inviting him for talks to iron out any differences, but the former minister failed to exploit the opportunity, ` the source said.