Some can't identify difference between soldiers and terrorists - MS

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that it is a shame that certain politicians and NGOs have failed to identify the difference between the soldier and the terrorist.

“It is shame that some government and opposition politicians and NGOs which are after money fails to identify the difference between the soldier and the terrorist,” the President said addressing the” National War heroes day ” held near the war heroes monument in parliament grounds today (19).

He invited everybody who respects the great local cultural inheritance and wants to work on behalf the country, the people and the war heroes to work together with him.

President Sirisena said that today such accusations are made by the parties who support the LTTE and living abroad and those who are against the government and security forces.

He also said Sri Lanka’s security forces have not been accused of war crimes in the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council as certain media and extremist parties falsely depict.

The brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives will always be hailed by the nation and that the government will always work to give them the highest respect and gratitude they owe and also to look after the well-being of their families, said the President.

President Sirisena said that it is sad to see that certain government media channels have failed to portray the importance of soldiers as well as non-state media do not talk about the programs conducted by the government for the benefit of the soldiers. President asked to work towards reminding the public the great services done by the soldiers to the motherland and to give them the highest dignity they deserve.

President Sirisena admitted that the soldiers should not at all be a political victim and they should not be used to gain political power, to change governments which are in power, or to organize political parties.

President Sirisena further stated that terrorism is now being beaten in the war front, but yet in is not ideologically defeated and that he would not let dreams of the extremists who dream of making a separate Eelam state to become a reality.

President further stated that it is with the collaboration of friendly states that the government made dedicated efforts to defeat this idea of breaking the country in to pieces and that this will be conducted with the help of everyone in the future.

The Annual National War Heroes Commemoration day to celebrate the brave soldiers who fought for a free country was held gloriously.

President Sirisena who offered flowers to the War Heroes Monument honoured the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.

  Comments - 22

  • Nash Sunday, 20 May 2018 08:37 AM

    Well said, a perfect statement!!

    Janaka from Matara Sunday, 20 May 2018 12:25 PM

    May be the grammar is perfect. but it is a meaningless statement.

    Jaliya Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:43 PM

    Well said it and no doubts I agree with the statement of MS 100% .... truly I know the difference between a terrorist and a soldier but in the local TRI forces I cannot tell them apart. The Army Navy nor the AF has any respectable and recognizable manifestation to them, most of soldiers looks as they are still at a war long hair and some are proudly growing facial hair without serious self-discipline.

    Nikan-Sena Monday, 21 May 2018 07:59 AM

    Can he?

    TJ Sunday, 20 May 2018 08:45 AM

    Similarly, some don't know that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. Even George Washington was also once a wanted terrorist.

    Sunday, 20 May 2018 05:25 PM

    That means terrorism is only a military tactic used by both Govts.

    Tinkiriya Sunday, 20 May 2018 07:59 PM

    Well said TJ. But our leaders are more visionary than GW. This is why we are superpower in fooling majority of people ALL THE TIME.

    Dillan Sunday, 20 May 2018 09:19 AM

    Only brave people knows hero. You are suitable to hide in coconut farm to save your life.

    Sincere Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:02 PM

    The people who voted for you are very intelligent Mr. President. They can identify that so very well. Please do not under estimate their intelligence!

    Yan Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:21 PM

    This guy is the one and only executive president who has no backbone..With executive powers at his disposal, this joker complains as if he lives in another planet..

    Sham Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:24 PM

    Let the Tamils mourn about their relatives as humans; not as terrorists. They should not be allowed to use Code Names given by LTTE; but remember them with their original names. People in the South should understand that many LTTE soldiers were forced child soldiers; which doesn't suit to be branded as terrorists.

    Bigmama Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:25 PM

    too late sir, you are already lost the game. majority Sinhalese will show their power in 2020

    Sofia Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:41 PM

    AND some cannot identify the difference between competent officials and crooks for appointment to important positions like one's secretary and chairmen of corporations..

    mugunthan Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:55 PM

    WHY DON'T YOU EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SOLDIER AND A TERRORIST SIR.

    Nuwan Sunday, 20 May 2018 03:26 PM

    President is trying to score points after widespread disgust expressed by the people for undermining the day of celebrations. At least UNP has a clear policy to not celebrate the war victory. Not to accept military as heroes. Now the two-tongued president in this speech is betraying both his political partners and his electorate.

    yaka mahathaya Sunday, 20 May 2018 06:09 PM

    some people doesn't identify the criminals of sri lankan security forces and they are being fed and safeguarded for the sake of votes for themselves and survival politically.

    Innocence Sunday, 20 May 2018 06:33 PM

    Even Nelson Mandela was a wanted terrorist. The whole world knows that innocent Tamil speaking people were massacred by the state soldiers under the guise of rescuing the Tamils. Certainly they were kept as a human shield. LTTE thought that as such the soldiers won't kill the innocent. The government didn't care of the innocent.GENOCIDE. You may go on denying it every year but the truth cannot be hidden .

    Premalal Sunday, 20 May 2018 07:06 PM

    Unfortunately you don't understand that promises given to people should be honoured.

    Aku Sunday, 20 May 2018 07:56 PM

    Ayyo Sirisena, is that Gotaya R a terrorist or not??? Is MaRa a terrorist or not??? Are you a terrorist, cos you are sure acting like one.... Do YOU know the difference between a terrorist and a soldier??? Do soldiers murder people, children and innocent civilians who asked for CLEAN water???

    neil alvis Monday, 21 May 2018 06:14 AM

    and you my dear man fail to identify the difference between incorrupt and corrupt, the thugs and good people, priorities and non-priorities, luxury and simple life so long as they are WITH YOUR PARTY!!!!!!

    lion Monday, 21 May 2018 06:38 AM

    you talk no sense, Gotha is the first one who name SF as a terrorist and land him in the prison with his brother.

    Sangaralingham Monday, 21 May 2018 08:46 AM

    Dark age of Over 35 years SriLanka experienced. Lamp was lit still darkness not eliminated. Guilty not guilty who give verdict. Humanity failing or trying to get passing grade. Country need solutions not reassessing who mess it up


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