A government with a will to defend the nation combined with the heroic efforts of Sri Lanka’s national army reunited every inch of land under one national flag on 19 May 2009.
In a world of controversy & complications it is no surprise that we are still grappling to find answers to who is dead – who was killed & who is missing.
Lt. Col. Anthony Gash was UK’s defense attaché to the British High Commission in Colombo from Feb2007 to Jun2009. He sent secret reports to the UK (upto 26 April 2009) which the UK Govt classified as ‘secret’.
Over the past decade, the Sri Lanka Navy has steadily enhanced her fleet and her deep sea patrolling capability. I went onboard the magnificent frigate class advanced offshore patrol vessel SLNS Parakramabahu. Cruising at a speed of 25 knots, skimming through the waves she is indeed the queen of the naval fleet. The view from her formidable defensive bridge and deck is simply amazing.
The church bells ring loud and clear this December, as we celebrate Christmas. We cherish this aura of calm. Yet in the month of April the pealing of the bells was silenced. We heard the screams and anguish of our brothers and sisters.
The new President-elect of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a week into his administration has already hit the turbo and is on full throttle.
Let us all agree that the reason for confusions and contradictions are as a result of everyone other than the alleged victim making a statement.