Army commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya says the allegations raised against the army are baseless and have an ulterior motive.
He says anti Sri Lanka elements, backed by LTTE rump and the Diaspora are in the habit of tarnishing the country’s image every year by making baseless allegations against the army.
“These elements will continue to do so in the future too as they have been doing in the past few years with ulterior motives”, the army commander said.
He says it appears that they have an agenda for a change of regime, particularly with the objective of removing President Mahinad Rajapaksa and the Secretary of Defence.
“Just a few days ago, President categorically denied the Army having killed Prabhakaran’s son as alleged and widely publicized in the international Media with doctored images of a sibling. My personal opinion is that those elements are hell-bent on pushing the country towards anarchy while simultaneously trying to jeopardize the onward march to prosperity. We are exceptionally fortunate to have a Head of State who would firmly stand by the Security Forces at all times and defend the nation”, the Commander said.
Jayasuriya also said that every soldier is expected to maintain the highest degree of discipline and proper conduct during their nation-building assignments and reconciliation moves. (Colombo Gazette)