"Gota's War: The Crushing of Tamil Tiger Terrorism in Sri Lanka", a book written on Sri Lanka's three-decade long conflict was launched at Water's Edge in Battaramulla yesterday.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the chief guest at the event and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was the Guest of Honor.
The welcome note of the event was delivered by Ms. Barathi Wijerathne the Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Turkey.
The Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga delivering the introduction of the book stated that without President Mahinda Rajapaksa there would have been no decision to engage in war and without Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, there would have been no victory.
Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama addressing the occasion stated that no military force in the world has undertaken this type of a dramatic humanitarian operation ever and achieved complete victory and the Secretary Defence was the architect of the victory. Further he said Secretary Rajapaksa was a 'Soldiers' Soldier'. Also he stated that President Rajapaksa provided dynamic leadership to achieve victory over LTTE terrorism.
The author of the book C. A. Chandraprema presented the book to the President and to the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Chandraprema, a journalist with The Island newspaper has said that Gota's War is a book on the entire conflict, which highlights events related to the conflict that had taken place since 1956 and deals with the political as well as the military aspect of the conflict.
According to the author, the book on the entire conflict has been named aptly after the Defence Secretary since it was he who had finally ended the war.
He has explained that earlier there were only limited operations and it was Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who had initiated a concerted effort to defeat the LTTE.
The venerable Maha Sanga, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Ministers, Members of the Parliament, Ms, Ioma Rajapaksa, Foreign diplomats, Provincial Governors, Three Forces Commanders, IGP, Secretaries, senior military officers of all three forces and many distinguished guests were present at the event.