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We will never betray or divide Sri Lanka - Sirisena

The Sri Lankan president reiterated that he would not let "betray" the country or let anyone "divide it", speaking today at an event in Manampitiya. 

Criticising a Joint Opposition rally held yesterday, Mr Sirisena was quoted by Adaderana as saying that "the slogans used at the rally, which demanded not to betray the country and war heroes, divide and subjugate the country through foreign trade agreements, were outdated". 

He reportedly added that it was his government "that acquitted the war heroes from foreign pressure imposed on them and that the war heroes, under no circumstances, would be betrayed."

Despite the Sri Lankan government co-sponsoring a resolution calling for accountability for mass atrocities committed, the president has repeatedly sought to portray himself as one who has 'protected' the armed forces from faces prosecutions.