‘No grabbing land nor dividing the motherland’:
President vows to continue fight anti-Sri Lankan forces
* No room for separation
* Foreign invasions nothing
* Live together in one
* Faith in heroism, strength
* Ex-Presidents felt LTTE
* Victory best felt in
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday assured that he would continue
to fight against the anti-Sri Lankan forces and would neither allow them
to grab a single piece of land nor divide the motherland.
He said, “Foreign forces or foreign invasion is not a new thing to
us” and added that since the victory against terrorism, four years go,
such forces resorted to various tactics to take Sri Lanka under their
control. The President said that these forces cited various issues such
as human rights, grease devils, Arab Spring and media freedom to achieve
their ulterior motives.
“Though they said that their aim was to safeguard human rights and
protect democracy, their intention is to take control of Sri Lanka.”
“But we are confident that the masses in the country are mature enough
to understand the ulterior motives of the so-called forces.”
“For the past four years, we have been fighting against those forces
and will continue our fight against them in the future too.” “We assure
you that we will not allow them to grab a single piece of land or divide
the country,” he said.
The President was addressing the Security Forces and the public at
the Galle Face Green yesterday at the fourth anniversary of defeating
the LTTE and ending the 30-year terrorism in the country.
Prior to his speech, President Rajapaksa, Ministers, officials,
military top brass and the civilians observed a minute’s silence to
commemorate the fallen war heroes. Two Army officers and four from other
ranks who made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland were presented
the Parama Weera Vibhushanaya award at the ceremony.
These officers had made the supreme sacrifice for the country during
the battle against the LTTE and their close relatives received the award
from the President.
President Rajapaksa said he wanted this era to be inscribed in the
annals of history “that ended a ruthless war” and laid a solid
foundation whereby another war would never erupt. President Rajapaksa
recalled that a past regime signed a peace accord with the LTTE, “but
could not stop the bomb explosions”.
He said there were Presidents who called upon citizens to look after
their own safety and also another President who provided weapons to the
LTTE and permitted the LTTE to kill 700 policemen.
Another signed a pact and gave half of the country to the LTTE, but
could not prevent bomb explosions. “Those leaders became cowards”, he