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We must ensure security of future generations: Gotabaya

[Hindu, Monday, 3 August 2009 22:13 No Comment]

Brother of Sri Lankan President and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that future generations should be saved from terrorism even as the government announced that de-mining of areas earlier under the control of the LTTE is a top priority.

Addressing a War Hero commemoration event held at a local college on Sunday, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, “We should teach our youth and our children to love this country and make every effort to preserve the glory won by the valiant efforts of our gallant men and women. We should also save our future generations from terrorism.

For thirty years national leaders and governments of this country failed to end the scourge of LTTE terrorism, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa led this country to this ultimate feat and what more he is also a product of Nalanda,” he told the function.

On 2nd of August 2002, when the Nalanda Old Boys Association first took into organising a war hero commemoration, all hopes of defeating terrorism militarily were blown away from this country. Both people and leaders of this nation were sceptic of defeating the LTTE, yet Nalanda College against all odds led the way organising religious events and commemorations for those at the forefront.

Separately, the government said the de-mining process is under way in the liberated areas. “The LTTE terrorists, once called themselves as the ‘sole representative’ of the Tamil community, have heavily laid land mines in these areas to obstruct the humanitarian mission launched by the Sri Lankan security forces to liberate over 3,00,000 Tamil civilians from LTTE clutches,” said a statement.

It said India had already extended its fullest corporation to the de-mining process sending logistical and manpower assistance and several foreign governments have also financially assisted the de-mining process.

Terminal

In another development, the public observation terminal of the Katunayake International Airport opened on Monday after being shut for several years due to security reasons. General Manager of the Airport H.S. Hettiarachchi said the terminal was modernised at a cost of two million rupees.

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