Wanni is surrounded on all prongs
Security Forces have occupied the LTTE's Forward Defence Lines and
surrounded the Wanni LTTE bases from all directions. The Army Chief said
that the LTTE could not prevent losing their remaining 3000 cadres and
there is no assurance that the LTTE Leader V. Prabhakaran would survive
for the next six months as the Sri Lankan Air Force plans to attack all
the LTTE bases.
Therefore the three armed forces are confident of
wiping out the LTTE, which is now smarting its wounds due to the present
The Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka is highly
satisfied over the successes against the terrorists in the outgoing year
and said that the prime target of the military was to destroy the LTTE's
presence in the North completely.
In an interview with the 'Sunday Observer' the Army
Chief said that there are around 3000 LTTE terrorists remaining and that
the military targets to annihilate them within the first six months of
the next year. "Our daily target is to kill at least 10 LTTE terrorists
and for the last few months over 500 LTTE carders have been killed by
the armed forces. We have weakened the LTTE by 50 per cent or more and
we are confident we can go that extra mile in the coming year", he said.
He said the correct directives and the support given
by the President and the Ministry of Defence had helped the military to
achieve the set targets. " All the citizens are waiting to see an end to
terrorism. The President very clearly announced his firm opinion about
wiping out terrorism and bringing political solutions to address the
problems of the Tamil people", Lt. Gen. Fonseka said.
He said the military has come a long way defeating
terrorism and the military operations in Wanni were 100 per cent
successful. " The damage to the LTTE in Wanni is high and their major
camps have already fallen", he said adding that now the outfit is facing
a severe shortage of man power.
"Bodies of the LTTE Police and the Sea Tigers seized
by the armed forces show that the outfit is facing a severe shortage of
man power and it is evident the out fit is in total disarray", he said.
Meanwhile, over 8000 army deserters have reported back
to the army. Lt. Gen. Fonseka said the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs together work out to block the LTTE's gun running
Courtesy - Sunday Observer