Sri Lanka predicts imminent victory over rebels
Sri Lanka's president predicted Wednesday the total defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels within a few days, as the United Nations reported 52 civilians had been killed in a single shell attack. Sri Lanka is celebrating its 61st Independence Day and country's president has said that rebel Tamil Tigers will be "completely defeated in a few days" while addressing nation on the occasion of national day celebrations.
"Today, we have been able to nearly destroy terror," Mahinda Rajapakse said in a televised address at an independence day parade in Colombo on Wednesday.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa called upon all people to be united as a single Nation in an individual country, showing tolerance, trust and understanding that have been the foundation of the Nation throughout its glorious history.
The President in a message to mark the Independence Day, said: “It is with an immense sense of pride that I send this message to mark the 61st National Day celebrations of Sri Lanka.
This pride comes from the many achievements towards the strengthening of our freedom gained in recent months since we launched a decisive humanitarian operation to free our Motherland from the clutches of terror.
Beginning with the success of the heroic troops of our free and democratic society in clearing the terrorists from Mavil Aru in August 2006, and proceeding to the liberation of the entire East, we have now regained control of almost all of our land in the North too, including the entire Jaffna peninsula.
The strongholds of terror once believed to be invincible such as Kilinochchi, Elephant Pass, and Mullaitivu, have fallen in rapid succession, bringing the final elimination of terror from our Motherland and the dawn of true freedom to all our people well within our reach.
I take this opportunity to pay this generous tribute to our heroic Forces for the sacrifices they have made and the courage and determination they have displayed, in ensuring that on this 61st anniversary of Independence, we have moved beyond the threshold of a freedom that is richer and more meaningful than what was achieved in 1948.
As we pay this well deserved tribute to our heroic Forces, we can be satisfied that many who were once critical of our operations to eradicate terror from our land are now citing Sri Lanka and the success of our troops as an example on how terrorism should be defeated.