Monday, May 25, 2009

we fought war on terror alone: kohona

(DM)Foreign Ministry Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona said that Sri Lanka is one of the rare cases where terrorism has been comprehensively defeated by a country on its own despite all the advice, reservations and fears publicly expressed to the contrary by some sections of the international community.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Colombo University Alumni Association Dr. Kohona said that many, including senior officials in the country, believed that the government security forces could not defeat the once feared terrorist group, the LTTE. "In 2006, the Chief of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) General Henrickson, advised Sri Lankan officials at the highest levels not to entertain any thoughts of confronting the LTTE militarily, as the terrorist group was far too good and would prevail. Heads of many Western Missions based in Colombo, despite their own avowed anti-terrorist policies and military actions designed to counter terrorists far from their own borders trotted out similar warnings. However, the security forces of Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, decided to take on the LTTE at its own game and have prevailed. The once feared LTTE is now a shattered effigy, having been methodically swept aside by the Sri Lankan security forces. Full text Share on Facebook