Cooray is responding to questions raised by Sri Lanka Mirror whether he will accept it if asked to rebuild the party.
A leader is a person who is capable of getting work done from those who are more talented than him, and if he becomes afraid of the better talent, his leadership will fail, remarked Cooray.
He went onto say that he had to step down as the UNP general secretary, at the request of the then president D.B. Wijetunga, due to the opinion of a section in the party that he was biased towards Ranil Wickremesinghe, the incumbent leader.
Cooray also said that he was once invited by Wijetunga to accept the premiership, but that he declined it as there were other seniors qualified for the job and also due to the fear that the party would have got divided due to the opinion that he was pro-Premadasa.
He said he also turned down an offer to be the leader of the House and recommended Wijepala Mendis for the position.
After R. Premadasa became the president, his Colombo Central electorate was given to Cooray, which he gave to Wickremesinghe when he was the general secretary of the party.
Cooray also said: