Defence Secretary assures credible investigations

SecDef_20Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi today assured credible investigations on various allegations raised against the institutions which operate under him.

Hettiarachchi said this when he made his first formal courtesy visit to the Army Headquarters today amid military formalities and a warm reception, hosted by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva and all serving the Army Headquarters (AHQ).

During the formal and brief meeting at the Commander’s office, both Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and pleasantries.

Later speaking to troops he highlighted the importance of applying a strategic ‘security clearance policy’ when it comes to face new challenges at various national levels where the point of view of the armed forces is also understood.

“We have issues to face and we can certainly solve those issues pertaining to our institutes by conducting credible inquiries and we are prepared to do so because the devil is not so fierce as we all contemplated. For that all of us have to work as a team and work out modalities,” he said.

Underscoring the need to maintain the dignity of the organization, Karunasena Hettiarachchi requested high ranking senior officers to produce more and more skilled officers to the Army since it is the Army that could help the country to be disciplined.

“We are thankful for your commitment for defeat of terrorism and that hard-earned freedom although there are challenges need to be addressed for the benefit of others in our society. It was your discipline that brought about that difference and our ways of thinking and your (military) way of looking at things are different. That is civil society and we need to have a balanced view because the best is to comply and complain,” he said.

He said that attitudes and attributes in society have badly deteriorated and an organization, like the army which is not at all political could contribute a lot for their rectification. (Colombo Gazette)