Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has emphasized that the Government had made clear responses to charges leveled by the world. He pointed out that those who are against Sri Lanka were working according to a hidden agenda.
The Defence Secretary said that certain western countries and pro-LTTE foreign media institutions are continuously making baseless allegations against Sri Lanka with a a hidden agenda. He said that the government has already responded to these baseless allegations by rescuing nearly 300,000 civilians from LTTE clutches, successfully resettling over 95 percent of them in their native places, rehabilitating nearly 11,000 ex LTTE combatants and reintegrating them into the society and establishing a clear future for ex-LTTE child soldiers sending them back to the schools. He further said that foreign forces are leveling these allegations to bring some other group into the power, as they are fully aware that the President or the present government cannot be made to acquiesce to their needs.
The Defence Secretary made this observation as chief guest at the symposium ‘Battles won and wars that must still be fought’ organized by Strategic Initiative for the Protection of Sri Lanka together with Federation of National Organizations at the BMICH yesterday
He also launched the website www.outofwar.com organized under his patronage. Books written by convenor of the Federation of National Organizations Sahithya Soori Gunadasa Amarasekara were also launched on this occasion. A large gathering including Ambassadors, scholars and media personnel was present.