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Defence Secretary opens monument in memory of War Heroes:

Worldwide op to destroy Tiger network

*Military officers appointment to foreign service bears fruit

*Malaysia supporting Government

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said yesterday the Government has initiated a massive intelligence operation to eliminate the international LTTE network.

He said the international LTTE network was misleading the Tamil community across the world distorting the real situation in the country.

Defence Secretary Rajapaksa told the media after a ceremony to open a monument at Elephant Pass erected in memory of war heroes who sacrificed their lives to eliminate the terrorism from the motherland, that the government would initiate the operation in coordination with intelligence services of other countries to make those governments and the Tamil community aware of the real situation.

He expressed hope that more than 50 percent of the international LTTE network would collapse by making the international communities aware of the real situation of the country.

Secretary Rajapaksa said with the same objective the government has decided to appoint senior high ranking military officers as ambassadors and to such offices in the similar capacity where LTTE activities were prominently in action.

He said the appointment of the military officers to the foreign service had proved successful.

Citing an example, he said the attitude of the Malaysian government and Tamil community there has changed after a Major General was appointed the Sri Lankan Ambassador. The Malaysian government had offered to support the Sri Lankan Government while the Tamil community had offered to invest in Sri Lanka, he said.

The Defence Secretary said the government has identified three main organizations across the world including the Global Tamil Forum that funds the LTTE network.

The majority of the Tamil community living all over the world was not pro LTTE but there were very little who attempt to reinvigorate LTTE terrorism. The issue was that the voice of the few pro LTTErs was so strong, he said. Secretary Rajapaksa said the government should not allow them to rejuvenate LTTE terrorist organization likewise it initiated as a small organization in late 70s and early 90s and developed to be the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world later. The intelligence operation was of paramount importance, he said. The three Forces commanders and high ranking military officers were present.

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