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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Mahinda Rajapakse rejected Tigers' homeland concept.........

[b]Mahinda Rajapakse rejected Tigers' homeland concept and indicated no key role for Norway in peace facilitation[/b]

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

[b] Colombo, 19 October, ([/b] Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse declared that he strongly believed in achieving peace without going to war and rejected the Tamil rebels’ concept of traditional homeland. He further indicated that Norway would no longer play a key role as a peace facilitator, while addressing an event held at the Bandaranaike International Memorial Conference hall, where he released his election manifesto yesterday morning.

Mahinda Rajapakse, a presidential candidate contesting in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance ticket in the forthcoming presidential poll scheduled for 17 November, presented his election manifesto earlier to the religious leaders and to the other political party leaders.

Leaders of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Jathika Hela Urumaya and also Minister Mangala Samaraweera were present at the ceremony.

Addressing the gathering, Premier Rajapakse said that he would lead the country based on four principles in the next six years, if he is elected at the next Presidential election.

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