President asserts will not let “war hero” to be accused

President Maithripala Sirisena says he is not prepared to make any war hero a suspect in the allegations raised against the armed forces and the government on the human rights issue.

He made this statement at the opening of a newly constructed building at the Defence Services School in Kurunegala.

The President, pointing out that it is the responsibility and duty of the government to protect the war heroes, assured that he would always fulfill his responsibility as the President and Defence Minister.

“While there is an unprecedented goodwill for Sri Lanka among the international community today and many people question as to what benefit could be derived to the country from this, we are utilizing that goodwill and friendship for the protection of the honour and respect of our war heroes,” he said.

He added that the most powerful world leaders have assured him that they would stand by Sri Lanka’s independence and democracy as well as on issues pertaining to the members of armed forces.

The President emphasize that he would always take the fullest responsibility on behalf of any problem face by the officers, staff members and war heroes who fought against the LTTE.

He said that however, he was unable to protect those who are found guilty of acts that are not connected to national security and those who are guilty of killing media persons or sportsmen. (Colombo Gazette)