Secretary visits East
[August 10 2019]
Tri Forces and Police for their dedicated service post 21st April
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS
Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu arrived in the East making an
inspection visit with a view to look into the security forces deployment
and the prevailing situation in the Eastern region on, today (10
Saturday August 2019). This is his first official visit to the region
since assuming office as Secretary Defence.
Secretary was accompanied by the Commander of the Army
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake during his visit.
The Secretary, upon arriving at the Security Forces
Headquarters – East in Welikanda was received by Commander Security
Forces – East Major General Aruna Jayasekera.
The Secretary was also presented with a Drive Past by
the Army troops.
Subsequently, Secretary Defence was briefed on the
troop deployment and operations in the Eastern region and also of other
public welfare activities during a special conference held with the
participation of senior Tri Forces, police and STF officers.
The Secretary made a visit to the blast affected Zion
church in Batticaloa and also to the University at Punani during his
visit to the East.
Addressing the Tri Forces, police and STF officers,
the Secretary Defence expressed his appreciation for their dedicated
service, coordinated effort and rapid response in dealing with the
challenging post 21st April situation and safeguarding the country and
its people. With the experience of defeating LTTE terrorism in the past
you were able to react quickly and effectively to successfully face this
new threat. One should remember that you did this with upholding the
Good Will of the Armed Forces and without creating any public commotions
or unrest, he noted.
He also reminded that the 1983 riots gave an impetus
to the terrorists and its repercussions are still being felt. He said
that they should take care not to incite the people but to win their
hearts and minds.
He also said the senior personnel, those who fought in
the terrorist war should educate and guide the new generation in order
to face emerging threats.
Senior Tri Forces, police and STF officers were also
present at the occasion.