LTTE ideology continues to remain: Kamal Gunaratne

10 December 2019 04:32 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Defence Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said on yesterday even though the country was liberated from terrorism, LTTE ideology continues to remain.

“You all have contributed to the liberation of the country from terrorism, but still we have to remember that LTTE ideology continues to remain. In the recent past, there were political hunts behind War Heroes and it was sad to see how some of our great guys were put behind bars for no fault of theirs,” he said.

The Defence Secretary made these remarks during his maiden visit to the new Army Headquarters at Sri Jayewardenepura on Monday (9) morning.

He called upon all Army Officers to shoulder the responsibility of national security and ensure the safety for our entire nation as a huge task that lies ahead of them since military career is the noblest profession in the world.

“Now that with the regime change, our prioritized attention is on national security and the President, myself and the Commander of the Army would not let down the national security concerns of the public. You can now be assured of it. This is the magnificent organization, for which the entire country is indebted, and you, being stakeholders in that proud organization have a bigger role to play to take the country forward. To match with professional standards we need to live with pride as a proud soldier. You have a well-respected Commander who would seriously address your issues when it comes to business. As military men we have to live up to the standards,” he said.

“That is why you are today blessed with a marvellous and exceptionally magnificent new HQ like this, thanks to the vision and thinking of the President. I have seen many such foreign Headquarters, but there is no match to this one at Sri Jayawardenepura,” he said.

“April 21 attack was due to nothing, but the sheer negligence and ignorance of responsible persons at the highest level. This had been carried out by a handful of misguided followers of the great religion of Islam. Islam, being a religion with great virtues has never advocated murder of innocent civilians. It never tells followers to kill people like dogs. More than 500 injured personnel, including children are still under treatment and we as defenders of the nation should not allow any repetition of such violence,” the Defence Secretary stressed.

  Comments - 10

  • Iqbal Tuesday, 10 December 2019 06:22 PM

    On the spot. A great speech by a great soldier.

    Sokrates Tuesday, 10 December 2019 06:25 PM

    Also Sinhalese Buddhist racist ideology continues to remain 10 years after the war. And of course a voluntary military career is not the noblest profession in the world but a job for people who like to slaughter others. And by the way, soldiers who committed war crimes can not be war heroes but war criminals. But what you want to expect from a man who is also a war criminal.

    Query Tuesday, 10 December 2019 07:11 PM

    Who is attacking women? What ideology?

    kumar Tuesday, 10 December 2019 07:23 PM

    So, what is your point? Military has to deploy every corners of North,East and gill the people?, Racist moron.

    Johan Tuesday, 10 December 2019 07:29 PM

    MS should be held responsible for the attack. After Nov.2018 he did not call for security council meeting,even after getting intelligence warning about the possible attack he has to Singapore for shopping. what a negligence

    ANTON Tuesday, 10 December 2019 08:24 PM

    There comes the extremism wearing a mask of security

    Kris kross Wednesday, 11 December 2019 02:12 AM

    Some terror lovers have commented above here.

    cheers Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:20 AM

    Great man with experience and no nonsense

    Dulan de Silva Wednesday, 11 December 2019 08:48 AM

    Tamil racism and Sinhala racism grew together .Unless both change one alone will not

    Lalith Siriwardena Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:00 AM

    What a great speach!

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