Friday, November 21, 2008

LTTE faced dead-end in Mankulam, Pooneryn

COLOMBO: Refuting certain media reports and allegations, Media and Information Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa reiterated that the LTTE has been completely defeated and driven out of Pooneryn and Mankulam with absolutely no hopes of a come-back.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet press briefing in Parliament yesterday, Minister Yapa categorically stated that this was a major setback to the LTTE, who had relied heavily on and consolidated their positions in Pooneryn, to attack the Government Armed Forces in the Jaffna peninsula.

“This is in no way a ‘tactical pull-out’ as some critics strive to portray. They used all means at their disposal such as the construction of bunds and various other obstacles on our path to prevent us from reaching there. Losing the A-32 route has been a major blow to them,” the Minister said. Furthermore, it has paved the way for us to open-up a road way from Colombo to Pooneryn and then to Jaffna peninsula. Full Text