|Battle against LTTE elements abroad will continue – President
|Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 9.15 GMT
Defeated terrorist elements have encamped in several foreign nations and their latest weapon is to defame our country and throw allegations at our war heroes accusing them of war crimes, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
'We have already commenced the battle against them in the international sphere and are committed to continue it'.
President Rajapaksa said so at the ceremonial passing out parade of Cadet officers at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) in Diyatalawa today (21 Dec).
We are now at a significant phase in the humanitarian operation. Our endeavour is to win hearts and minds after freeing the people and lands from terrorism. The humanitarian operation includes de-mining, resettlement and providing basic requirements among other tasks. All development programmes carried out in the North and East are part of the humanitarian operation, the President stated.
He stressed that this humanitarian operation will not stop until the painful memories of terrorism and all thoughts of separatism are removed from people's hearts.
'You pass out today to contribute to this noble humanitarian operation', the President told the Cadet officers.
A person does not excel through talent and knowledge alone. Instead, the most important element is the love for one's country, he pointed out.
'The government not only lined up the security forces for the humanitarian operation but also organized the people against terrorism.
The government received tremendous support from the people in eliminating terrorism', he said.
'The highest tribute to these people is to ensure that terrorism does not raise its ugly head', he emphasized.