President Premadasa has always been a great peacemaker:
""Premadasa and I first met 38 years ago because of our common interest in Singhalese poetry. I had criticised a poet, and the poet got really annoyed. Premadasa thought that the best thing he could do was to bring the two of us together and make us friends."
His Excellency Ananda Guruge
Ambassador to UNESCO and to France from Sri Lanka"