Interview: "I Stand for Peace"

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Wickremesinghe, on the campaign trail, speaking to soldiers

As the former Prime Minister who agreed to a cease-fire with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (L.T.T.E.), Presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe, of the right-of-center opposition United National Party, has been accused by Sri Lankan nationalists of being a soft touch on terrorism. He spoke to TIME's Alex Perry as he toured the northern Sri Lankan military base at Palaly on the edge of Tiger territory.

TIME: What do you make of [political opponent Mahinda] Rajapakse's hard-line approach to the peace process?
Ranil Wickremsinghe: He has no solution. And if you don't go for...