Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa who graced the ‘Ranaviru Punyanumodana-2011’ ceremony as the Chief Guest today addressed the gathering, he stated -
‘Time has come again for all of us to unite together and voice our concerns against attempts being made by LTTE rump and Tamil Diaspora at international level, in order to achieve what they could not reach through terrorism in the past. Heroic efforts of our War Heroes are belittled and insulted by those interested parties, by projecting our armed forces as members who have committed war crimes, according to whims and fancies of interested parties who influence the international community. As a nation who salvaged this country from scourge of terrorism, it is our duty now as patriots to rise to the occasion and defeat those international attempts, meant to bring discredit to the country,’ Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.
‘Some of those elements are serving the agenda and requirements of the terrorist leader, Prabakaran while using the international community. Some run to western embassies for complaint before they report even to the Police when any incident occurs. Channel-4 video conveniently forgets to mention even the name of the terrorist leader, Prabakaran who cold-bloodedly butchered unarmed 600 Policemen, numbers of Buddhist monks, villagers, passengers, et al in the country. Nobody appears taking any interest in talking about how US operational troops in Pakistan shot and killed the wife of Bin Laden at first during their swoop’, he added.
Mr Rajapaksa referring to the non-participation of certain western powers in the recent Army-organized seminar, ‘Defeating Terrorism - The Sri Lankan Experience,’ noted that had those countries genuinely wanted to learn how the Sri Lanka Army fought terrorism, they would have sent their representatives to the seminar, enabling the Army to respond to any queries or clarifications as they required. Some of them want to provide a lifeline for revival of terrorist aspirations, he added.
Paying a tribute to the organizers of the event, Mr Rajapaksa added that the memory of our War Heroes should always be kept in mind without forgetting them, and we, as a united nation, should strive and rise against allegations of the international community against our War Heroes, most of which have been largely influenced by pro-terrorist elements operating at international levels. (Courtesy – Army.lk)
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:45 AM
Apparently, those who kept away did not have anything new to learn from the cardboard heroes and their false claims whilst keeping the real war hero inside jail on trumped up charges. It is a well known fact, that even a lie repeated ad nauseum appears like the truth to the liar and those who blindly follow him.
Manula Abu Dhabi Saturday, 18 June 2011 02:48 AM
For your part, you left the war and went to US
citizen1 Saturday, 18 June 2011 03:11 AM
peaceful as long as we suck upto the right people...
das Saturday, 18 June 2011 03:09 AM
The ordinary man on the street would disagree with you
Xman Saturday, 18 June 2011 03:11 AM
Manula Abu Dhabi, you are reminding us, thanks. "Now wad do you say Nisssanka?"
Ariya Saturday, 18 June 2011 03:38 AM
There is only one way of ending a war. Only by eliminating the enemy. The enemy is also the people, who are supporting the enemy. The war is over and that's all that's needed!
med student Saturday, 18 June 2011 03:39 AM
and he came back n finished da war..
Menike Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:17 AM
I have asked the ordinary man on the street, and he has stated clearly that he does not support the Govt in keeping the Chief in jail. Should I ask the ordinary women now?
samosa Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:20 AM
Yes We are enjoying peace in down south, but the way we ended the war was wrong... Whatever it is only innocent Tamil civilians have been suffering in Sri Lanka. When LTTE was there, taken all valuables and their children. In fact, still they don't have any shelter, living in tents. Puring all money into Hambantota.
Boby Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:33 AM
Tamil Diaspora are less than 5% of SL's population. Why is SL Government worrying about action of a small section of people? Very interesting
kumar Saturday, 18 June 2011 02:43 AM
"memory of our War Heroes should always be kept in mind " sir you have a very short memory about commander SF... so sad.
m.h.sheriff Saturday, 18 June 2011 04:46 AM
Ordinary man in the street is brainwashed by state media with malicious lies, all ignorant poor masses are suckers from the lie factory..
DN Saturday, 18 June 2011 05:11 AM
But Talaiban is still very active. But in Sri Lanka no more LTTE (activities)
Manujer Saturday, 18 June 2011 05:19 AM
Of course, the real hero is in the jail and they know it very well.
Samith Saturday, 18 June 2011 06:42 AM
raju Saturday, 18 June 2011 06:52 AM
what do you mean !to learn how to kill the innocent civilians.
MEDIA Saturday, 18 June 2011 03:45 PM
NEXT VIDEO WILL COME. HOW DISGRACE TO JOURNALISM IN SRI LANKA.
lal Sunday, 19 June 2011 06:25 AM
The diaspora have the money to bribe politicians and press in UK and US and cause problems to Sri Lanka.
shan Sunday, 19 June 2011 09:37 AM
Diaspora have the money to bribe to God
Ashan Friday, 17 June 2011 08:42 PM
Where is the real war hero.
kenny_fdo Friday, 17 June 2011 01:38 PM
Well I don't think any western country wants to learn how to win the war the (alleged ) way we did.
ICC Friday, 17 June 2011 01:34 PM
WHAT LEARN FROM A WAR CRIMES ARMY AND A REGIME. ?
UK TAMIL BOY Friday, 17 June 2011 01:38 PM
WESTERN ALL READY WATCH CHANNEL 4 THEY KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPEN IN THE WAR TIME.
Lankan Friday, 17 June 2011 04:30 PM
The whole world know how the war was conducted. Thanks to Channel 4 and it is only tip of the ice berg,
Anay Appachchi! Friday, 17 June 2011 05:08 PM
When I asked a friend what he thought about this story, he said he had nothing to say because he valued his life.
Is this what that victory means.
Patriot-lol Friday, 17 June 2011 05:14 PM
talking about army sacrifices makes no sense when the very army chief is in jail.!
Independent Observer Friday, 17 June 2011 05:15 PM
But the most respected war hero is confined to jail !!!
thalaya Friday, 17 June 2011 06:22 PM
What iceberg you are talking about? Channel 4 is a disgrace to journalism.
Lakshman Friday, 17 June 2011 01:36 PM
very good. We are always with our heroes and you, Mr.Secretary.
Nissanka Friday, 17 June 2011 09:33 PM
Yes, but he became a traitor at the end. Just ask the ordinary man in the street.
truth master Friday, 17 June 2011 09:41 PM
Its not Prabakaran who cold-bloodedly butchered unarmed 600 Policemen, its ur dear friend who you hug almost everyday... karuna..
Guru Friday, 17 June 2011 09:51 PM
How do you expect Govt's those respect and practice human rights and democracy to participate to learn about the killing fields of innocent people.
Srinivasan Friday, 17 June 2011 10:23 PM
Well said secretary. fellow Tamils overseas has no idea peaceful environment we have now after brutal LTTE.
C.K.Lankaputhra Saturday, 18 June 2011 12:52 AM
Sri Lanka also has to learn how US killed Bin Larden without killing 300 odd civilians.
Thomasas Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:40 AM
IF YOU HAD INVITED GEN. FONSEKA TO ADDRESS THE MEETING/SEMINAR MOST OF THE COUNTRIES WOULD HAVE PARTICIPATED. WHEN THE LION IS IN THE CAGE, THE FOXES HAVE THE FIELD DAY
Paul Saturday, 18 June 2011 02:16 AM
The Defence Secretary talks as if there have never been people like SF or Karuna in SL history.But we know their excistence.
DN Saturday, 18 June 2011 02:37 AM
Biggest learning we have to share with the world is 'DON'T ALLOW CAMERA PHONES WITH SOIDERS'
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