Defence Secretary warns:
Separatist forces still active
Victory over terrorism due to President’s correct
vision, wise statesmanship:
The people of this country should act intelligently to take forward
the victory achieved by the valiant Forces against the LTTE as some
elements are trying to create a dangerous situation to de-stabilize the
military victory and to create a political environment to achieve their
separatist objectives which could not be achieved through the LTTE, said
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The Defence Secretary said that people should be on vigil since
separatist forces were still active though terrorism has been defeated
fully in the country.
“Separatist forces who could not achieve their objectives through the
LTTE have not stopped their attempts although terrorism has been fully
defeated in the country,” the Defence Secretary added.
“We should act intelligently to support a nationwide attempt to
revive the economy of the country to give peace dividends fully to the
common masses of the country, to make the victory a complete one,
without allowing separatist forces to derail it,” the Defence Secretary
Defence Secretary Rajapaksa made these observations as the guest
speaker at the launching of the book Charge of the Lion Brigade authored
by Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka
at the BMICH yesterday.
Quoting a paragraph from the book Charge of the Lion Brigade to
describe the current situation of the country, the Defence Secretary
said: “Since the Triumph over the evils of the LTTE there have been
subtle attempts to sideline genuine patriots by a slew of
pseudo-patriots who have suddenly emerged from nowhere to hog the
If the nationalists who made an immense contribution towards changing
the course of the recent history of our motherland do not contain this
undesirable situation, there is every possibility of these
pseudo-patriots influencing the people with anti-nationalist views.
The victory over the LTTE is only a paradigm shift and nationalist
forces are now duty bound to see the country moving towards the desired
goals, preserving its sovereignty and safeguarding its newly-gained
freedom against pro-LTTE foreign elements and their local lackeys.
In the meantime, we should regain our lost economic and social
opportunities and prepare the nation for a ‘great leap forward’”.
“This fear is not unfounded,” the Defence Secretary said adding the
fact that the author of the book Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has
correctly analyzed the current situation in the country very well.
He said it was due to the correct vision of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and due to his wise statesmanship that the country was able to
achieve that great victory over LTTE terrorism.
“It was due to his courageous leadership, statesmanship and his
determination to accomplish the military plan without succumbing to
international pressure the country achieved that victory,” the Defence
He said many youth who had sacrificed their lives, became disabled
and injured in the battlefront were those who had served only for one or
“These are youth who believed in the vision of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and from the less-privileged people,” the Defence Secretary
He also pointed out that some elements were trying to misinterpret
the promotions and appointments given to some senior military officials.
“It was due to the appointments of those senior officials as Deputy
High Commissioners and High Commissioners we could arrest KP. Those
critics will realize the impact of these appointments once we obtain the
assets of the LTTE,” the Defence Secretary added.
The three Forces Commanders, former Navy Commander and Highways
Ministry Secretary Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Ministers and MPs were
among the distinguished gathering at this occasion.