Quotable quotes at Defence symposium
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
Political leadership has always been the key factor in defeating
terrorism; the President had the clear aim and commitment to rescue the
country from terrorism once and for all. Over the years, there had been
many attempts at militarily defeating the LTTE, but none of these
campaigns had met with lasting success. The most distinctive feature of
the Humanitarian Operations launched in 2006 was the clear aim and
commitment of the President to rescue the country from terrorism once
and for all.
Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal
The defence cost of Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2009 was only US $ 5.5
billion. It was just 14 percent of the training cost that the United
States spent on Forces to employ them to combat terrorism in Iraq and
Major General Nandana Udawatta
The well defined political and military strategy supported by the
will of the public was the key factor of the success of the victory over
Major General Chagy Gallage
No support was taken from the Karuna faction at operational level nor
at the tactical level at the humanitarian operation in the East. The Sri
Lanka Army fought the war using its own strategies and tactics using
information of the intelligence units.
Major General Shavendra Silva
A clear explanation will be made by way of a court order soon as to
what happened at the last stage of the humanitarian operation.
The army personnel were instructed to concentrate on the civilians
and provide all facilities with immediate effect and it was fulfilled.
Brigadier Udayantha Wijeratne
The Sri Lankan Army is the only army in the world that has cleared
366,870 landmines without causing any damage to any miner within two
There is still an area of 400 square kilometres to be cleared. The
LTTE has strewn landmines where civilians lived.
Dr Rohan Gunaratne
The Sri Lankan Army has shown the world that even a most cunning,
ruthless, deceptive terrorist organization which had the state-of-the
art support of the international diaspora could be defeated and
Major General Sudantha Ranasinghe
In a letter given to a representative of a foreign organization one
of the detainees in a rehabilitating camp (an ex LTTE combatant) has
noted “We no longer want Eelam from abroad. We need to live peacefully
in Sri Lanka”