More food stocks to North
The Government has made arrangements to send 800 metric tons of food
to North with the assistance of World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN.
"A small delay in sending food to North is tolerable than facing a
major disaster by sending food without proper checking. This was proved
when explosives and GPS equipment were discovered at the commencement of
sending food to North," Government Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister
Keheliya Rambukwella told a media briefing yesterday.
Minister Rambukwella said people in uncleared areas in Kilinochchi
and Mullaitivu were asked to move into safer areas to ensure their
safety and well-being.
All the INGOs and NGOs were asked to come to Vavuniya to prevent a
repetition of a 'Muttur incident' which was given big publicity.
The other reason for making this request is the LTTE attack on the
team of ambassadors who travelled to the East with Minister Mahinda
Samarasinghe, he explained.
"Some NGOs act beyond the mandate given to them. The Government
cannot be fooled any longer by the promises given by the LTTE."
Minister Rambukwella recalled that in 2006 Prabhakaran said the war
will be brought to Colombo and he was now moving from one bunker to
another to save his life.
"He is now transporting explosives from Colombo to Kilinochchi to
save his life," he added.
"The Government always considers the people living in the North as
brothers and sisters and takes all possible steps to ensure their safety
and well being. It is true that they face certain difficulties at the
moment and the Government considers it as a great short term sacrifice
by them for the sake of a free and prosperous future."
"The Government has a very good example for liberating people and
giving them a prosperous life. It comes from the Eastern Province. The
same thing will be followed in the Northern Province."
Rambukwella said people have severely suffered during the last 25
years and made an enormous sacrifice due to the LTTE terrorism.
"World leaders, Presidents, Presidential candidates, political
leaders and many more were among them.
"Presidents to ordinary citizens suffer day and night because of
Prabhakaran's barbarism. President Mahinda Rajapaksa enjoyed a carefree
life moving among people. He is a people's President who came from the
common society and wishes to move closely with the people. But today he
is forced to be restricted to four walls because of Prabhakaran. Living
like that is not comfortable or easy."
Responding to a question by journalists Minister Rambukwella said
that all Sri Lankans enjoy equal rights and all are under the country's
Constitution which has ensured equal rights to all citizens.