The Defence Secretary emphasized that terrorism will not be permitted to raise its head again in Sri Lanka. The Security Forces have taken every precautionary measure in this respect. Mr. Rajapaksa pointed out that the Armed Forces have always been kept alert to counter any threats to the territorial integrity of the country. He added that in the future all such threats could therefore be challenged.
The Defence Secretary was addressing a ceremony at which 11 officers and 443 passed out after completing training at the Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya and Wanni Commanding Officer Major General Kamal Gunaratne awarded special forces badges. Second Lieutenant D.M.U.R. Bandara as the best soldier of the 42nd training course and Lance Corporal M.P. Sanjeewa as the best shooter, received trophies. The Trophy for the best soldier of the 43rd Training Course was given to Second Lieutenant V.K.D.R. Ekanayake. Display of skills by parachutists, taekwondo men and fighter crafts took the centre stage as the day’s proceedings came to an end.