Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya adressing troops who were involved in the final battle against the LTTE, refuted charges leveled against the troops who took part in the operation against the LTTE leadership insisting that the troops never acted inhumanly.
The army website quoted Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya as telling the troops of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) that on the day of the final battle and the previous day he was able to give necessary instructions to officers and soldiers of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment on the next course of action that should be taken.
When the entire Army and the motherland faced an embarrassing situation at national and international level due to false information propagated by different parties to achieve narrow political gains, our Commander-in-Chief, the President told me personally that the Army would never be allowed to be plagued with such an embarrassment, the Army Chief said, according to the Army website.
“I flatly refused those false allegations, made on incidents at the battle front. I must stress that our Army which is highly disciplined never acted so inhumanly or without discipline. I always defend you and I never allowed anyone to scoff at the greatness and popularity achieved by our Army and I state this with great responsibility as Commander of the Army,” he added.