Army camps will not be removed endangering national security
Not any type of investigation against any war
heroes for involvement in war
Continuously committed for the welfare & benefits
of members of Security Forces
President Maithripala Sirisena says that the army
camps have not been removed in a way which will weaken the national
security or in a way which will have an impact on the security forces.
The President said that the government has taken steps
to release the lands, which were acquired during the war period for army
camps, but lands not needed for the three Armed forces at present, we're
returned to the people in the North and East, and he also said that in
the future too lands in that conditions will be released to those
President Sirisena made these remarks addressing the
officers of the Sri Lanka Army at the auditorium of Army Hospital in
It is significant that the President as the
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces addressed a representative
gathering of more than 350 Commanding Officers (COs), Adjutants and
Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the Army, for the first time in the
annals of the history of army.
Speaking further, the President said that not any type
of investigation has been conducted by the present government regarding
any of the war heroes who have involved in the war, and not any such
investigation initiated in a way which will dishonour the war heroes.
However, the President said that currently
investigations are being carried out regarding certain allegations after
concluding the war, against certain army officers about some incidents
taken place according to the needs of some politicians and on some
incidents occurred as a result of personal relations. He also said that
not a single allegation was leveled against the war heroes for doing the
war, and emphasized that he will not allow any room to level allegations
against the war heroes.
President Sirisena further said that if the officers
who are in custody regarding the incident occurred as for the needs of
the politicians going against the law of the country, moral values,
freedom and democracy, proven before the court that they are not
involved in those incidents they will be released by the courts and said
that he vehemently reject the allegation made by some section of the
society in the political stage as there is a hunting of war heroes, and
said that such war hero hunting will never done in the country.
The President appreciated the great service rendered
by the Security Forces in the process of building reconciliation in the
country and commended all the members of the Security Forces for their
unlimited service in national disastrous situations of the country, even
by endangering their lives.
He also pointed out the importance of national
reconciliation policy in taking the country to prosperity under the
concept of sustainable development. The President said that he expects
the support of everybody to develop our country.
Similarly, the government worked with commitment
during the past two and half years to provide all the benefits and
facilities to the members of the security forces. Further, the
government in the future too will work with commitment to provide
benefits and ensure the welfare of the members of the security forces as
well as the family members of the retired and disabled war heroes.
After his address, the President joined with the
military personnel in a cordial discussion.
An Army live telecast of the President's speech was
transmitted to all Security Force Headquarters, Divisions and other
formations simultaneously covering more than 30,000 members of the Army
across the country.
Mr Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary of Defence and the
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake were among
those participated in this occasion.