President addresses troops in East
Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President
Maithripala Sirisena during a visit to the East addressed the
security forces at a ceremony held at the Mahaweli Grounds in
Welikanda today (24th Sunday, May 2015).
This is the first formal visit to the security
forces personnel in the East undertaken by President Sirisena since
assuming office. A Guard of Honour was presented to the President by
the Sri Lanka Engineers troops of the SFHQ-E. Later he planted a
tree to mark this historic occasion.
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD
Basnayake was also present at the occasion.
Addressing the officers and other ranks who had
gathered there in large numbers the President said that Sri Lanka
has a long and prestigious history that goes back thousands of years
and all Sri Lankans are well aware of the sacrifices of the security
forces in their fight to safeguard the territorial integrity and
sovereignty of the country. Going back through our long history he
recalled the deeds of the two great kings of Lanka, King Vijayabahu
and Prakramabahu the great in defeating invading powers and uniting
Outlining the importance of the Eastern region in
the eelam war as the denying of water from the Mawil Aru tank to the
Easter farmers commenced the humanitarian operations in 2006 and
eventually ended at the banks of Nandikadal in May 2009 eliminating
the last of the terrorist leaders and liberating the country.
Our security forces marched forward with courage,
commitment and dedication in their fight against terrorism and saved
the country, he said. The President further said that the last
period of the humanitarian operations was also of personal
importance to him as it was he who was functioning as the acting
minister of defence as both the then President and Prime Minister
were away from the country.
He assured his personal attention in providing
every aspect of welfare facilities to the tri-service personnel.
He outlined the importance of the East in the
socio economic development of the region and appreciated the
contribution of the security forces to the development of the
President Sirisena revealed that action has been
taken to devise a comprehensive national security plan through the
National Security Council.
The President said that our security forces are
internationally known to be a well-disciplined force and the
government has requested the UN to provide more opportunities in
peace keeping missions abroad.
During his visit the President took time to mingle
with the troops and talk with them.
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General
Crishanthe De Silva, Commander, Security Force Headquarters - East (SFHQ-E)
Major General Janaka Walgama and a large number of senior military
officers were also present at the occasion.