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The Humanitarian Mission will continue

The Humanitarian Mission will continue

Sri Lankan security forces will continue with their humanitarian operations aimed at rescuing the remaining 15,000 to 20,000 people held hostage by the LTTE terrorists despite the decision taken to refrain from using heavy calibre weapons, said a senior defence official. The measure has been taken to ensure proper implementation of the Zero Civilian Casualty Policy, so far adapted by the Sri Lankan armed forces during their counter terror mission, he further said.

Speaking further he said that the conclusion of combat operations should not be misinterpreted as a ceasefire offered. "It is a decision that signals the nearing victory of one of the world 's most successful battles against terrorism. It is a decision that displays the genuine will of the Sri Lankan government to rescue its citizens from terrorism", he said.

Finally he said that government decision was not a result of any international pressure but a timely and professional strategic decision taken to ensure the achievement of the overall mission of the operation.

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