'All Tamil civilians have been rescued without shedding a drop of
blood' says Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe
(By: Walter Jayawardhana)
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said in Colombo that Sri
Lanka was able to save all Tamil civilians trapped inside the war zone
without shedding a drop of blood.
He said in recent history Sri Lanka was the country
which was able to rescue the largest number of civilian hostages. He
said these civilians have been trapped by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
He said this great task was possible because the care
shown regarding this by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said he was
ready to congratulate the President on this great humanitarian endeavour.
He said this great task could not have been possible
without the dedication shown by thousands of soldiers of the armed
forces who were constantly engaged in the task.
Minister Samarasinghe gave an assurance that all
civilians will be resettled in their original living places after all
landmines have been removed.
Meanwhile People's Republic of China has donated
64,000 tents for the Tamil civilians and the first plane load of the
tents reached Colombo yesterday(May 17). It was ceremonially handed over
to Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa by the Chines Ambassador Ms.
Yang Xiuping in Colombo. Three more Chinese plane loads of aid will also