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First Head of State ever to visit Kilinochchi

Cometh the hour cometh the Man

Just as the few days of a Sinhala/Hindu New year was being spent in festive spirit by the Sri Lankans who were not under the jackboot of the LTTE terrorists, President Mahinda Rajapaksa made an unannounced visit to Kilinochchi which was once the administrative capital of the terrorist group. For the past 60 years before that no Sri Lankan leader had visited this town in the North. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit was historic in more than one's sense of the word in that Prabhakaran had boasted it was only a dream of the President who believed the armed forces could capture the town.

Yet the prophesy of the LTTE leader was trampled under the feet of the valiant soldiers who squashed the LTTE hardcore cadres defending their administrative capital. It was history repeating itself.

Our rulers of the past from Rohana Desha or Ruhuna had always fought all invading alien rulers who had set up their rule in the North, and President Rajapaksa who believed in his own armed forces was visiting Kilinochchi to share the joy of this historic New Year season with his officers and soldiers, a leader from the Rohana Desha once again making history repeat.

The Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter of the Buddhist Clergy the Most Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Maha Nayake Thera two days after the President's Kilinochchi visit said the visit was not only good for the soldiers but also for the people living in the North as a Head of Government had come to see them.

The joy of the troops to find their commander in Chief and the Leader of the country visiting them and sharing the New Year goodies was the gift the President had for this new year.

The nation watched in amazed joy the President with the armed forces not only mingling with the troops but also inspecting the vast haul of arms and ammunition captured from the terrorists.

Finally it was Prabhakaran who had his dream shattered while all right-thinking citizens of Sri Lanka shared the joy of their President visiting Kilinochchi to give them the assurance that democracy had won and terrorism was defeated never to raise its ugly head.



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