Manning new police stations:
Opportunity for NE youth and ex-cadres
The opportunity will be given to North and East youth and also
ex-cadres of LTTE during enlistment to man new police stations which are
being established, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said He said
that they could join hands with the Civil Security Force personnel in
the development drive while doing a prestigious service and assist in
the development of their areas. Defence and Urban Development Ministry
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was addressing the workshop for Sri Lankan
diplomats in overseas missions at Diyatalawa Military Academy on Sunday.
He added that not only former senior ex-LTTE leaders who are involved
in national and provincial level politics but also there is chance for
others to involve in local councils in the future. The special workshop
began at the Sri Lanka Military Academy in Diyatalawa on Sunday.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the chief guest.
The Defence Secretary explained in detail the actual ground situation
during the final stages of the humanitarian operation and how the
government and the Security Forces rescued more than 300,000 innocent
civilians who were held captive by the LTTE as a human shield by opening
up a safe corridor in the frontline through which water and medical aid
were sent in and the wounded and the sick were evacuated through air and
He further said that how even during the last stages the LTTE
exhibited their inhumanness by using suicide bombings to stop the
fleeing civilians and mentioned the Vishwamadu incident where an LTTE
suicide bombing killed a number of innocent civilians including women
and children and also military personnel. Secretary Defence stated that
all road blocks and check points had now been removed and people are
free to travel anywhere in the country without restrictions and that
more than 53,000 members of the Tamil Diaspora, NGOs and foreign
diplomats who have visited the island and traveled to the North have
seen the present situation.
They have seen first-hand the government’s efforts in the rebuilding
and reconstruction process especially in the North and East and also the
progress in the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex -LTTE cadres. As
a measure of national security only a part of the Palaly Camp is
maintained at present and the government had taken measures to remove
the surrounding 17 grama seva areas from the area, he stated.
He further added that the Tamil Diaspora dared to raise a resenting
voice during the terror reign of Pirabaharan when innocent Tamil
civilians were held captive. New schools are being built, old ones are
being renovated. Road network is being upgraded, destroyed railroads are
being relayed, bridges and culverts are being rebuilt.
A small faction of the international media with vested interests is
involved in slandering Sri Lanka with false allegations and carrying on
the separatist agenda.
The international community should be made aware of the peaceful and
prosperous state of the minority community of Sri Lanka, the Defence
Secretary reiterated. Director of National Intelligence Major General (Rtd)
HKG Hendevitharana and Colonel TS Salley presented in detail how a
section of the Tamil Diaspora is carrying out propaganda to mislead the
External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris, Irrigation and Water
Resource Management Minister and Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de
Silva were present. Sri Lankan ambassadors, heads of missions and Staff
were also present.