Today, there are certain elements trying to discredit Sri Lanka internationally. Some people carry out programmes to gain foreign money. They do not look for details of soldiers who are disabled or have passed away, but send other details abroad for investigation, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (10).
We carried out a humanitarian operation not a war. We fought against terrorism, the President emphasized.
The President made these observations after he declared open ‘Lakviru Sevana’, Battaramulla - a sales complex to market products made by disabled soldiers.
The sales complex is built in accordance with a concept and on the advice and directions of Ven Elle Gunawansa Thera with the cooperation of the ‘Dharmayathana Trust’.
No one can forget the tasks you carried out on behalf of our nation, the President told the soldiers who attended the function. ‘Some people say that we need to be taken before a war crimes tribunal. They are in the process of collecting information. We must be aware of this’, he said.
We saw in the past few weeks how the security forces came forward to assist the people in solving their pertinent problems. They provided the people essential goods for concessionary rates, President Rajapaksa said.
Some say the security forces do not have work as the war is over. These people are not aware of the country’s progress, he said adding, ‘I am grateful for the people who have committed themselves in this development process.’
We have entered a path to restore this country from destruction. We are building this country while identifying the people’s basic needs. We must build this country with future generations in mind. In doing so, we appreciate the assistance from our security forces, the President said.
‘Many soldiers lost their lives during the era when terrorism thrived due to politicians’ selfish decisions. Innocent people had to compensate because of their blunders. We witnessed the mentality of the soldiers during that period’.
The President praised the efforts made by Ven Elle Gunawansa Thera to initiate the ‘Lakviru Sevana’ complex and described it as one which would reinforce and encourage war heroes.
The Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Tri Forces Commanders, other military and police officials, and politicians were present.