Criticising various parties of attempting to tarnish Sri Lanka’s image, Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya said that those parties ‘never want to heap praise on the Sri Lanka Army for its decisive eradication of the world’s most feared terrorist outfit, the LTTE at the expense of many heroic lives.’
“Why is it so? Was it because they still could not contain or uproot their own terror cycles in their home fronts or just because of their mere hypocrisy?,” the Commander questioned.
Addressing the troops in Wanni on Thursday also said, “ The vigorous unilateral allegations against the Army, now made in Geneva, baffle all of us who decisively waged the humanitarian operations in Wanni at that stage when I was the Wanni Commander because neither myself, nor any Security Force Commander or for that matter, any Division or Brigade Commander, to say the least, in the province, received a single complaint against the Army from any of those quarters, now screaming elsewhere. How come? Why no such complaints of this nature were made at that period against the Army or any specific ground commander, is really food for thought and incredibly confusing,” so queried the Commander of the Army.
“It has been the practice of various interested parties since the culmination of the war to make barrage of criticism against our troops, based on a rash of unfounded allegations, malice and ulterior motives. All these manifestations appear every year around the same time when UN Human Rights Council gathers for their sessions in Geneva. It will be the practice, next year, too because the LTTE rump does not want to see a promising and prosperous Sri Lanka and they want to thrive on those allegations until they re-emerge. On the other hand, their very same survival in western destinations is becoming more and more uncertain since those countries are now deporting bogus asylum seekers and economic refugees. So, the only alternative remains for them, is to tarnish the image of the Army and the country to serve their own ends,” he added.