Humanitarian operation to continue :
CRescue mission most human
Civilian hatred to LTTE unprecedented:
Contrary to biased reports circulating in the international media and
among NGO and INGO circles the rescue mission that is being conducted
successfully in the Vanni has been most humane, Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told the Daily News yesterday.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
According to information from ground sources in Puthumattalan and
Ampalavanpokkanai the civilians arriving in the Government controlled
area have been quite vocal in expressing their unprecedented hatred and
anger towards the LTTE that has been keeping them under subjugation for
so long, he added.
In view of the brutal shootings and suicide attacks on fleeing
civilians these pro-LTTE propagandists are unable to speak openly on
their behalf. Hence they are attempting to portray the developments in
the North of Sri Lanka as a doomsday scenario and speak of “bloodbaths”
and “humanitarian catastrophes”.
There is no humanitarian catastrophe or humanitarian crisis and the
reality is that over 106, 000 have entered the Government controlled
area on their own accord since last Sunday when the humanitarian rescue
operation began, he further said.
The Government is not giving in to various pressures exerted on it to
stop the humanitarian operation or declare a ceasefire and it will go on
till the last civilian is freed from LTTE clutches, the Defence
Secretary stressed. Asked whether the Indian delegation that met
President Rajapaksa yesterday called for a ceasefire in the North, the
Defence Secretary said that there was no such call and India did not
exert any pressure on Sri Lanka on this issue.
It was yet another instance of high-level cordial discussions between
the two countries on matters of mutual interest that characterise Indo-
Sri Lanka relations since President Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed office, he