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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