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Rajapakse vows no more war with Tamil Tigers

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhii, Nov 5, IRNA
Sri Lanka-PM-LTTE
Sri Lankan Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Mahinda Rajapakse today made a rare visit to the northern military complex of Palaly, Colombo, where he vowed there would be no more war with the Tamil Tigers.

"I want to be president and not start a war. I want to solve all problems facing this country in a peaceful manner. No one can ever divide the country by going to war. War only spreads destruction." His office released a copy of his address to civilians brought into the high security zone of Palaly by Government Minister Douglas Devananda's party, which has a presence in the Jaffna town.

Prime Minister Rajapakse, who is considered a `war candidate' by Tamil tigers for his hard-line stance against them, said even the Tigers had realized that war was "futile."
"Even the Tigers have now accepted that this conflict cannot be solved by fighting," he said.

Rajapakse's remarks came a day after opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is his main rival at the presidential election, visited the same place and promised peace "within two to three years."
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