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Last updated: 27 January, 2009 - Published 14:34 GMT
 
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Ranil hails government victory
 
Ranil Wickramasinghe (L) with President Rajapaksa
UNP leader has hailed military and President's political leadership
The main opposition in Sri Lanka has congratulated the security forces for victories in the northern battlefront against the Tamil Tigers.

Opposition and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe also praised the political leadership that paved the way for military victories.

"We also welcome the way the President, Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers supervised the military operations," he told in a statement read out to journalists in Colombo.

Mr. Wickramasinghe said the security forces have completely captured the Northern Province with the capture of Mullaitivu town from the LTTE on Sunday.

Hurdles

It is the first time the UNP leader has praised the government's military strategy.

 We have been openly condemning the human rights violations and emergency regulations. We will continue to do so as long as long as the government commit those acts
 
Ranil Wickramasinghe

However, the government will have to pass a few hurdles to bring in a permanent peace to Sri Lanka, he added.

"The first hurdle is to bring in a political solution to achieve a permanent peace. At the same time it is paramount that the civilians caught in Vanni are immediately released," he said.

The opposition leader is of the opinion that the permanent peace is depended upon the way the government face those hurdles.

"We have been openly condemning the human rights violations and emergency regulations. We will continue to do so as long as long as the government commit those acts," Mr. Wickramasinghe added.

UNP led by Mr. Wickramasinghe has always allowed the emergency regulations to get through the Sri Lankan parliament without any objection.

The UNP leader vowed that his party would continue to oppose attempts to violate human rights using the war as a pretext.

 
 
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