Victory due to result of :
Presidentís Leadership Objective Strategy
The great victory over terrorism was achieved through the correct
leadership given by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in setting a correct
objective from which he never wavered, in evolving a correct strategy
through the appointment of capable leaders of security forces and in
providing the military with all necessary infrastructure and hardware to
continue the humanitarian operation without obstacles, said Defence
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in an interview with Rupavahini
Corporation telecast last Friday.
Another reason for the success was the Presidentís ability to ensure
political stability despite many threats such as those that emerged at
the time of the Budget debate in Parliament, he said. He also praised
the Presidentís diplomatic skills which were particularly seen in the
manner the President assured India that its concerns would be looked
Indo- Sri Lanka relations developed to an unprecedented friendly
level since the President assumed office.
There were constant top level official exchanges of views and
opinions throughout the humanitarian operations.
At the same time the President was able to get the help of diverse
nations such as Pakistan, China, Russia, Iran and Libya in our struggle
against terrorism as well as for economic development.
The President personally intervened on many occasions contacting
heads of States of different countries and informed them of the Sri
Lankan position so that when a vote was taken at the Human Rights
Council, the majority of member states representing the vast majority of
people supported Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka also developed relations with countries in the South East
region which were used by the LTTE as centers for arms transshipment and
other subversive activities.
The exchange of intelligence information with these countries
contributed to the weakening of the LTTE and the use of those
territories by the LTTE, the Defence Secretary said.
The Presidentís firm resolve and commitment was a morale booster to
the Security Forces as it gave them confidence that the war could be
won. The Government values highly great sacrifices made by the members
of the Security forces, specially the youth without which the victory
could not have been achieved, said the Defence Secretary.
Not only the war heroes, but their families made a great
contribution, he added.