Responding allegations of retired Army officers, that they were not contended with the battle alertness of the Army at present, Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake said that no one could review the Army's strength after having gone on retirement years ago,
“They have no moral right to do so,” he said.
He said the Sri Lanka Army, with the dedicated objective of strengthening it further when necessary had consulted former Commanders and retired Officers with battle-hardened experience with good faith and the Army would continue such practices unfailingly in future.
In a media communiqué about current security preparedness Lieutenant General Senanayake said
“Relocation or shifting of camps that remained at the time of the culmination of the war, and also afterwards does not in any way amount to any lapse, and such alterations are done, assessing security developments at ground level particularly on the recommendations of respective field commanders.
“It is pertinent to note here that some former Army Commanders also have effected such changes in the past. Such courses of action, if necessary would continue in future also, assessing the security needs of the country,” he said.
The Commander said battalions with lesser number of troops had been reinforced under the Army’s right-sizing programme “having taken all necessary measures to place all Battalions and Units on alert” to face any eventualities in an organized manner.
“Some individual who have been identified themselves as ‘War-Analysts’ had defined this procedure as s closure of camps",Lieutenant General Senanayake said.
“By this time, all units under the Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna have been reorganized under the right-sizing programme, and the Sri Lanka Army challenges those so-called ‘War analysts’ to publicly name what those operationally important camps, said to have been closed down, if any.” he said.
“Some opportunists are trying to criticize the national security for personal and political motives.
He requested the public to ignore those opportunists’ claims and to repose the confidence in the Army, which has defended the country in the past.
“The Sri Lanka Army will take all measures to prevent any resurgence of war in future,” he said.
Blind War Hero Sunday, 9 September 2018 14:21
Those analysts are blind as they have failed to analyse how the Rajapaksas' who were average citizens are billionaires.Look at Maharajanao and the palaces he has at Tangalle and Medamulana. Taxpayers paid for the parents memorial sons are billionaires and indicted for money laundering and where is the analysis
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Ryan Sunday, 9 September 2018 14:25
Before anything we need change the government as this government alteady lost trust among people pathetic
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City Sunday, 9 September 2018 15:00
Sir, please ignore the politicians and their comments.your holding a honoured designation.
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Mevan Sunday, 9 September 2018 15:16
Some of these war analysts were fighting the from safe distances like the USA.
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Ramesh Sunday, 9 September 2018 16:39
Do we believe the current army commander, from the Engineer's regiment, with limited combat experience, who was locked away in the operations room for the duration of the final phase, or do we trust Sri Lanka's first and only Field Marshal, hailing from the Sinha Infantry Rifle Regiment, who led the entire army to victory, and who was in the battlefield for every major operation in Sri Lanka?
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Nihal Sunday, 9 September 2018 21:02
Field Marshal lost many battles before winning in 2009,after 30 years.In Elephant Pass he had to flee for his life when it was overrun by the LTTE.
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Senewi Sunday, 9 September 2018 16:43
These people have become political animals .
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jayt Sunday, 9 September 2018 18:24
Tamil Tigers do not need a war again. They got what they want; a huge part of Sri lanka land, so-called "North East". Now Tigers are working to create a fake history to make a claim with support of their Western supporters, INGOs, UN and local agents of present unity govts Last week some foreign elements explained how they rob Sri lanka with help of leftist in the present unity govt. They referred it Sri lanka communists whoare known to have connection to Western agencies and Tigers
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dickie bird Sunday, 9 September 2018 19:48
Mevan…. Yours is a direct insult on Gota. He took the options available to him and did not runaway.he did what he had to do while in service.If you have an personal axe to grin grind, this may be not the forum.Mevan focus on what Ramesh above had to say instead of veering off course like a loose cannon.
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Lord Wolfstein Monday, 10 September 2018 09:52
Gota was a small insignificant retired officer who wanted to play the big war overlord like Adolf Hitler. FM is responsible for the final victory and Gota for the cruel war crimes.
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De Silva Sunday, 9 September 2018 20:09
SF knows his stuff well. Do not ignore his advice
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kamalhot1 Monday, 10 September 2018 08:49
Write a law against people who comment about national security in public. National security principals must be kept as a secret. Don't let people to talk about it cheaply.
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Gayana Monday, 10 September 2018 10:45
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is Right..He never lost his mission in his military career.
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