President Rajapaksa has stated that the terrorist issue dragged for three decades due to attempts made by certain forces to achieve political mileage.
The President said there was an era when the weapons were taken from the soldiers to be handed over to the tigers. Those weapons were used to kill the Lankan soldiers and disable them and not to eliminate terrorism. The war dragged for nearly 30 years due to this situation. However, the Government marched forward with the strength of the Security Forces, the Civil Defence Force and the Police. He pointed out that if there is any duty that had to be fulfilled towards the society or the security forces it would be fulfilled without any hesitation. The President opined that many people are unaware of how the Colombo City was being beautified, canals being cleaned and Highways built. They do not know how schools, tanks and dams are being built in the North and East.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed this view when a Sales outlet for the products manufactured by the disabled soldiers at Lakviru Sevana was inaugurated on Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Battaramulla. The products of disabled war heroes are being sold there. It was constructed on the guidance of Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera. The outlet will sell products of the war heroes at reasonable prices. Vegetables too will be available here. The President inspected all stalls and exchanged pleasantries with the war heroes. The members of the Maha Sangaha, Ministers and Parliamentarians, Commanders of Security Forces and Artistes were amongst those who were present.