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No one should denigrate the Armed Forces – President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena presenting colours at the Regimental and Presidential Colours ceremony of the elite Special Forces Regiment of the Army in Naula yesterday. Picture by Kapila Ariyawansa- President’s Media Unit
President Maithripala Sirisena presenting colours at the Regimental and Presidential Colours ceremony of the elite Special Forces Regiment of the Army in Naula yesterday. Picture by Kapila Ariyawansa- President’s Media Unit

President Maithripala Sirisena has called on all Sri Lankans to refrain from making statements which are detrimental to the national security of the country.

The President made this appeal while officiating in the Regimental and Presidential Colours ceremony of the elite Special Forces Regiment of the Army at its headquarters in Naula yesterday.

The President further stressed that no one should act to achieve narrow political gains in a manner that endangers the future of the Motherland.

The President expressed his gratitude to the Security Forces for their contribution to protect the national security, independence and democracy of the country. The entire nation was indebted to them for their service, he said.

President Sirisena said that no one should be allowed to undervalue or denigrate the invaluable service rendered by the Armed Forces in order to achieve nefarious political interests.

He added that he was deeply saddened to hear certain statements made by some persons, who have led the Army, that are actually disguised narrow political agendas.

“At present, the country’s national security has been ensured to a maximum level by the government jointly with the Security Forces,” the President said.

He declared that there was now no room in Sri Lanka for acts of terrorism again.

President Sirisena as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was warmly welcomed when he arrived at the Regimental Headquarters.

The President paid floral tributes to the War Heroes Memorial at the headquarters.

This was the first time in the history of the Regiment that the Pauranika Rana Parashu award was awarded as the symbol of heroism. The new headquarters building of the Special Forces Regimental Centre was declared open by the President. Defence Ministry Secretary Major Gen. (Retd.) Shantha Kottegoda, Commanders of the Armed Forces, Colonel Chandimal Peries, Commanding Officer of Special Forces and other senior officers were also present on this occasion.


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