No room for food shortage in Wanni
Information and Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa yesterday assured that the Government has not
left any room to create a shortage of food stuffs and medicine to the
civilians in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi areas.
The Government on the request made by the District
Secretaries is continuing the supply of food items and medicine to the
civilians in these two districts without any hindrance. As the
Government mechanism is operating in these two districts, the Government
is always committed to release sufficient food stocks to cater to the
civilian needs, the Minister told the weekly Cabinet press briefing
"We are happy to note that some political parties have
also endorsed the Government's attempts made to release the required
amount of foodstuffs to the civilians in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi
Minister Yapa categorically denying certain foreign
media reports on the 'harassment' caused to civilians in these two
districts due to ongoing military operations said the troops are
engaging in a humanitarian operation to rescue the innocent people from
the clutches of the LTTE. "As we have well disciplined Armed Forces with
lot of military experience, they will not provide any room to cause any
harm or inconvenience to the people due to their humanitarian
As the Government we have made an open request to the
civilians in the non-liberated areas to come to Government controlled
areas. The Government is fully committed to provide them all facilities.
Except defeating terrorism, the Government has no intention whatsoever
to harass innocent civilians.
At present the Government has successfully completed
resettlement activities in several liberated areas such as Muttur and
Vakarai by obtaining the recognition of the international community. The
Government will complete resettlement in several liberated areas once
the UN give its assurance that the demining activities are fully
completed in those areas.
Minister Yapa said the LTTE war strategies have faced
a severe set back due to successful military operations launched by our
Armed Forces in the North. The LTTE's air attack on the Vavuniya Air
Force base and several other attempts made to explode bombs in railway
tracks and a bus were utter failures.
At present the LTTE makes various attempts to disrupt
to the civilian life in the South. Therefore the people should be
vigilant on the national security by extending their fullest support to
the Security Forces to avert these terrorist activities.
In a situation where the Armed Forces are successfully
moving forward, the LTTE is attempting to use innocent civilians as a
human shield. They have no respect for the lives of the civilians.
Anyone should not cast any doubt that Government has taken every
possible measures to ensure the security of all civilians.
Our Armed Forces have enough capability and experience
to fight with the LTTE. Government troops are only fighting to destroy
the LTTE by safeguarding the lives of the civilians. This is the
The Minister said as the Government is conducting its
administrative service in the North, it has distributed foodstuff in
Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi with the assistance of state employees. Even
the international community has endorsed these measures taken by the
Government. The sole intention of the Government is to restore democracy
in the North by creating an environment to the people to live in peace
and harmony. That is why we introduce this task as a humanitarian
Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeyewardene said when
Jaffna was liberated, nearly 400,000 people were displaced. However the
Government could provide all the needy facilities to those civilians
without the assistance of any NGO.
The LTTE is attempting to attack to nearly 135,000
civilians in Kilinochchi by using them as a human shield. That is way
the Government has made an open appeal to civilians to come to
Government controlled areas. Any SAARC country or European country has
not made any pressure towards the move taken by the Government to curb
terrorism, he added.
Courtesy : Daily News