Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SRI LANKA: Gov't Celebrates Battle Gains in Tamil Areas

By IPS Correspondents

COLOMBO, Nov 19 (IPS) - Sri Lankan national flags hoisted at important locations and posters depicting army offensives against the Tamil rebels are part of week-long celebrations ordered by the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse to mark its latest battlefield victories in the north of the island.

''The nation salutes our brave soldiers who once again linked north and south by their victory at Pooneryn," one such poster, with silhouetted images of soldiers, read.

"We join all peace-loving people of this country in saluting the security forces and the police for the brave and patriotic roles they have played in regaining the strategically and political important Pooneryn," the ‘Daily Mirror’ said in a Nov. 17 editorial titled ‘Heroic Achievement’. Full Text