Statement by the Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
December 01, 2006 - 12.45 GMT]
You may already be aware that through the blessings of good fortune, the
LTTE terrorists failed in their attempt to take my life today. However
contemptible their effort may be, I treat them with compassion.
I take this opportunity to inform you that I am not ready to abandon the
responsibility we have towards the country, in the face of such cowardly
attacks by the LTTE, and to reaffirm our commitment to the national need
to defeat the LTTE's terrorism.
Far from abandoning our determination and commitment to defeat all
efforts of the LTTE to achieve its bloodthirsty aims by grossly
misleading the international community; in the face of attacks such as
these, I would hesitate to even think of it.
I wish to appeal to all our people and the international community to
avoid any action that will demoralize and weaken the determination of
our brave troops who are ready, at the sacrifice of their lives, to make
real the dream of His Excellency the President of building a new Sri
Lanka, where all Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people can live happily in
peace and harmony.
Whatever obstructions we may face, I wish to emphasize that we should
not deviate from the people's desire to bring about a permanent peace to
the country; because peace is the primary need of the nation. I wish to
express my gratitude to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in
the face of this attack by assassins; I wish speedy recovery to the
members of the security forces and civilians who were injured in this
attack; and thank my security personnel who faced up to the challenge of
Finally, what I wish to reiterate before you the singular truth that it
will never be possible to defeat this great country through the bloody
savagery of the cowardly LTTE terrorists. As citizens, I request you to
wish all necessary courage and strength to the security forces who are
your own brothers and sisters, and appreciate the efforts taken by them
to safeguard you. I ask you to raise your voice for the cause of peace,
to realize your expectations of a peaceful and harmonious Sri Lanka.
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Date: December 01, 2006 -12.45 GMT