Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday that he would not support the present government, which he said, was destroying the country.
Addressing the party-backed trade union Jathika Adyapana Sevaka Sangamaya meeting at Sirikotha on Saturday, Mr. Wickremesinghe said the nation was being destroyed by the Rajapaksa brothers on one side and the LTTE on the other. `Why should we support the Rajapaksa brothers to ruin this country?` he asked.
He said the UNP would never support anyone who ruins the nation but would support any move which safeguards the people.
`The Rajapaksa family is trying to bury the democracy of this country and we will fight against such moves,` he said, pledging to safeguard the rights of the people.
He warned that the government would have to resume talks with the Tigers while being in a weak position as long as Gotabhaya Rajapaksa remained as the Defence Secretary. In saying so he reiterated his demand for the Defence secretary`s removal from office.
Mr. Wickremesinghe said the Defence Secretary will have to be responsible for the losses suffered by the forces in the Delft Island recently.
Referring to the field of education, the Opposition Leader said it was an area which is in disarray and had to be restored.