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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Tamils in the East praise the Government for defeating the LTTE - Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo, 15 July, (Asiantribune.com): Secretary of Defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the Tamil people in East are praising the Government for defeating the LTTE terrorists at Thoppigala as the terrorist carders had been harassing and extorting funds and agricultural products from them.Gotabaya Rajapaksa: "Real victory lies in the hearts and the minds of the people who had been set free from the terror clutches."Gotabaya Rajapaksa: "Real victory lies in the hearts and the minds of the people who had been set free from the terror clutches."

"Real victory lies in the hearts and the minds of the people who had been set free from the terror clutches," Defence Secretary pointed out.

Speaking to the Government Defence website he said" I really admire the bravery, commitment and motivation showed by our soldiers during this long battle. Unless for their tireless effort and self sacrifice this victory would not be possible."

"The military success in the East is a victory for all peace loving people in the country, as it was won against terrorism." He added.

In a media release the Defence secretary said the SL armed forces have successfully accomplished the righteous mission they have undertaken in July 2006. They have come to the end of the long, hard journey in which they successfully defeated terror strongholds one by one from Mavil Aru, Mutur, Sampur, Vakarai, Kangikaidichchi Aru to Kokkadichloai. Now they have captured the main and last bastion of the terrorist in the East.

Defence Secretary also highly appreciated the inspiring role played by the leaders, both political and military of this battle.

It is reported that after the heavy and unexpected defeat in Thoppigala disappointed carders are surrendering to the army and police and more carders expected to flee from LTTE camps.

"The clear and compelling vision of our Commander in Chief gave us the correct guidance and confidence to carryout this noble mission. He ensured that the military effort would not be confused with unnecessary political influences. That was what made difference in our performance" he added.

Defence Secretary Mr. Rajapaksa commenting on the efforts made by certain political leaders to under estimate the achievements of the security forces pointed out that this victory should not be interpreted in a political mindset. He said battle was purely against terrorism and the real victory lies in the hearts and the minds of the people who had been set free from the terror clutches.

- Asian Tribune -

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