Forces' dedication come in for praise
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed soldiers at the Vanni Security
Forces Headquarters during his historic journey to Kilinochchi.
The President who mingled freely with the troops sharing Avurudu
kiribath and sweetmeats came in for much praise by members of forces who
noted that the occasion was indeed a unique one in that it was the first
time that a Head of State visited Kilinochchi since the outbreak of the
war. The President said the Lankan Forces who always abided by
discipline was an example to any Armed Force in the world. He noted that
they were able to crush the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the
The President also praised the leadership that correctly guided them
to achieve this success. He expressed that the Government would do its
utmost to provide all welfare facilities to the heroic Forces. Already
their children have been given preference in school admissions and also
in housing and a host of other facilities.
The President said: "I consider my visit to Kilinochchi today as a
historic one. I was able to make this trip due to the dedication of the
Defence Secretary, the Service Commanders and heroic Forces.
Protagonists of the Freedom fight
Air Force Commander
Inspector General of Police
"We had a big challenge before us when I was elected President in
November 2005. That was to protect the motherland that was being overrun
by terrorism and to unify territory that was divided after entering into
pacts." The President observed that not a single inch of land was under
control of the terrorist in the past. But during a short period a large
mass of land was seized by the terrorists. Although troops through their
dedication carried out operations, they were unable to achieve victory
due to certain political decisions taken by the powers that be.
"However in 2006 we were able to provide correct leadership to the
same members of the Armed Forces by appointing leaders who could guide
them to success and commenced the offensive. Our Defence Secretary
allowed the necessary freedom to the service commanders enabling them to
conduct operations efficiently.
"We wanted to take back the land areas that were lost. If there is
one Armed Force in the world who could be singled out for discipline it
is our Forces. We rejoice in the victories achieved by that disciplined
Force. We could go to any country and speak proudly about our forces.
They have been able to display their prowess on land, sea and air
completely annihilating the LTTE."
The President said: "In a few days every inch of land in the country
will come into the possession of the people of Sri Lanka devoid of
religion, caste or ethnicity. You are conducting this task admirably.
Freedom had been given to the civilian population to come to secure
The President expressed the nation's gratitude and indebtedness to
the heroic Forces and said the Government would do its utmost to work
towards their welfare with dedication.
"We appreciate your sacrifice to the land of your birth. I wish you
all a happy New Year."
The President inspecting some of the arms and ammunition
captured from the LTTE while the valiant soldiers look on.