Monday, January 5, 2009

'We give highest priority to civilian safety' says President Rajapaksa

Post-Kilinochchi, President Mahinda Rajapaksa expects the Sri Lankan armed forces to make fast advances and capture Elephant Pass, which wheel access to the Jaffna Peninsula, and other input targets in a short while. He is sure that, in the near prospect, the hostility cadres of the release Tigers of Tamil Eelam will have nowhere to go exterior the jungles of Mullaittivu district in northern Sri Lanka.
Speaking to me in excess of the telephone from Colombo on Sunday evening (Jan 4), Mr. Rajapaksa expressed endorsement that his 'Zero Civilian injured party Policy' was implemented completely by the armed forces throughout the operations to release Kilinochchi, the decision-making hub and de facto 'capital' of the LTTE. They would carry on to implement this policy in all their operations.
"See what is occurrence in Palestine! Horrible," the Sri Lankan President said. "I spoke to the Palestinian President [Mahmoud Abbas] to find out the real state of affairs there."
Mr. Rajapaksa expressed anxiety over the LTTE not releasing the tens of thousands of Tamil civilians it holds "virtually as prisoners." He has warned the organisation that it would face a ban if it sustained to deny Tamil civilians their liberty and human human rights. It is unspoken that the ban could come within a week. ironically, the LTTE, which has been barred or chosen as a terrorist body in some 30 countries, counting India, is yet to be forbidden in Sri Lanka.
"We have to give the uppermost priority to looking following these civilians," Mr. Rajapaksa told me in the telephonic chat. "We want their security. That is why I am insisting strongly on their let go."
"We are distribution them food," the Sri Lankan President added. "We are feeding the LTTE. We won't keep them starving even after the civilians come in excess of!"
Mr. Rajapaksa said some of the LTTE cadres were yielding to the carrying weapons forces. His government was aware that there was a option of some suicide bombers annoying to come out as refugees. The government was doing its best to catch and neutralise the LTTE's suicide bombers, perhaps 15 to 20 of them, who are supposed to have infiltrated into Colombo and its vicinity.

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