Sunday, May 24, 2009

“Contrary to accepted military strategy we attacked the enemy’s strong points”

By Mihiri Fonseka and Ramesh Warallegama

(LB)Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka speaks to Lakbimanews on how the war was won.

Who gave you the news that Prabhakaran had been killed?

It was Major General Kamal Gunaratne, commanding officer of the 53rd division who gave me the news. I was informed of it on the 19th, just after I got onto my vehicle after listening to the speech the president made in parliament.

He was the killer who sought to kill you. How did you feel personally on hearing of his death?

When news came that Prabhakaran’s body had been found, I think the public felt far happier than me. We were able to kill the terrorist leader who destroyed this country over a period of 30 years. Prabhakaran tried on two previous occasions to assassinate me. The third attempt was a suicide attack. But, it was in trying to launch bombs at me that Prabha messed things up. Full text Share on Facebook