Former President Chandrika Kumarathunga has said that she is more than a little baffled at the slowness with which the government is building post-civil war bridges.
Speaking at the first annual conference of her own South Asia Policy and Research Institute she added that Sri Lanka has a “marvellous opportunity” to heal and reconcile its twin populations after 25 years of civil war.
She added that such opportunities do not last forever and that is why they are called windows and not something larger.
She also strongly denied that she backed former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka during the last presidential election.
She stated that she could not support some of the current government’s policies although she is still patron and member of the SLFP.
The former president said she was also “bewildered” by the current government’s foreign policy.
She also reiterated that relations with India are essential and crucial and that the causes for India’s recent United Nations vote against Sri Lanka need to be identified.