Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that the possible re-emergence of the LTTE is one of the biggest challenges faced by the country in the post conflict period and that the military has identified the threat and steps have been taken to make Sri Lanka’s intelligence services stronger and establish camps in strategic locations.
“LTTE front organisations can encourage and facilitate ex LTTE cadres and those who escaped from the military during the war and pave way for a re-emergence. Those who did not surrender are probably following the ideology of the LTTE. Even though 11,000 of them were rehabilitated there must be cadres who are not 100 per cent rehabilitated,” he said.
“We cannot forget everything just because we defeated them militarily. Still the threat is there. There are lots of enemies in the international front taking active steps to derail the path the government is taking to achieve economic development,” he said speaking at a lecture on the topic, ‘Future Challenges of National Security in Sri Lanka’ organised by the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute and ANCL.
“That is why we still maintain a strong military and that is why a considerable portion of the budget is given to the military. Still it is only two and a half years after defeating the LTTE militarily,” he added.
He charged that certain groups for political means charge that the country is heading towards militarisation. Presently day to day law and order is maintained by the police. “To establish a camp anywhere in Sri Lanka is a decision and concern of the country as it is a sovereign state,” he noted.
“Currently the front organisations of the LTTE and their supporters are taking internal problems of Sri Lanka to the international level,” he said.
The Defence Secretary also noted that the country will have to face the geopolitical situation due to the strategic location the country.
“Organisations such as Global Tamil Forum and British Tamil Forum pressurise the international community and western governments to put more pressure on Sri Lanka by all means. They want the international community to look negatively at Sri Lanka and that is how the pressure is taken on us,” he said.
The Defence Secretary charged that these LTTE front organisations are closely associated with the international media and that is how they spread the message just like they did by airing the video footages through Channel-4. These organisations also run schools by the name of Thamil Cholai which gives education to about 15,000 students. (Supun Dias)
Comments - 17
Canadian Tamil Thursday, 12 January 2012 06:37 AM
Otherwise. You will not have your Job.
pol atha. Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:07 PM
this is the true. Greedy politician never can understand.
Tonto Wednesday, 11 January 2012 08:06 AM
What are you hinting at ?
Canadian Tamil Thursday, 12 January 2012 06:40 AM
Social In-Justice is in greater threat.
Dee Thursday, 12 January 2012 08:03 AM
We all agree. surprising that no action is being taken.(K..)
Lanke Banda Wednesday, 11 January 2012 06:08 AM
True. Go Ahead as you have been one of the most successful Defense Sect in Sri Lanka & your decisions can not go wrong.
Guru Wednesday, 11 January 2012 06:34 AM
You still can't understand many things at International level.
CW Wednesday, 11 January 2012 07:08 AM
Chase away all the traitors in the forces & the govt.
Senna Wednesday, 11 January 2012 01:47 PM
victoria Wednesday, 11 January 2012 07:45 AM
also there are still land mines in areas which we have made it a highly security zones
noname Wednesday, 11 January 2012 07:40 AM
roads unify a country
senna Tuesday, 10 January 2012 06:25 PM
internal threat from lawlessness and corruption is greater
Sunil Jay Thursday, 12 January 2012 05:28 AM
GoTa, Please do the right thing, Just like what Ranjan Wijeratne did as Defence Minister, thta is why Rajan Wijerantne's name is written in GOLD. If you do the right thing for the country you name will be written in GOLD. Hope you do the same
suki Tuesday, 10 January 2012 06:35 PM
Get Eagle Eye System.
ajith Wednesday, 11 January 2012 07:49 AM
You are rights conspirators are all over and for money they will do any dirty thing...So keep an eagle eye .
Patriot Wednesday, 11 January 2012 08:07 AM
I agree with you but tell your government to stop making political appointments to the important western missions. There is no profesionalism of these political apointees and feel sad when visit those missions.
ampare son Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:09 PM
I strongly agree with you sir.
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