No Lanka poll pact to woo Tamils: Sirisena

January 05, 2015 04:34 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 07:40 am IST - Colombo

Sri Lankan opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. File Photo

Sri Lankan opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. File Photo

Sri Lanka’s joint opposition candidate Matihripala Sirisena on Monday said he would not withdraw troops from the island’s Tamil-majority north, as national security would be of top priority to him “as President”.

Appearing confident of victory in the Sri Lanka’s January 8 presidential elections, Mr. Sirisena told reporters: “I will not allow the country to be divided or allow the LTTE to regroup in Sri Lanka.”

Militarisation has been a key concern among Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamils, and President Rajapaksa — in whose government Mr. Sirisena served as Cabinet Minister until he defected to be named common opposition candidate — has often cited national security as reason for maintaining the army in the former war zone.

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