Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne says although the Sri Lankan military had completely defeated LTTE terrorism militarily 10-years ago, the challenge of defeating its separatist ideology still remained as some Tamil politicians were attempting to propagate it in the minds of Tamil people.
The Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne stated this during discussions with visiting Zambian Army Chief Lt. Gen. W.M Sikazwe at the Ministry, today (Feb 25).
Lt. Gen. Sikazwe is on a five day visit to the island since Friday (21) with a Zambian Army delegation .
During his discussion, the Defence Secretary said aspirations of majority common Tamil people were different from the ideology of some Tamil politicians.
“The innocent Tamil people who were battered under LTTE terrorism do not want a separate country but some Tamil politicians want devolution of power,” Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne noted.
Referring to military expertise that used in the final war to end terrorism in the country, he said the LTTE terrorists were using asymmetric warfare tactics and the Sri Lankan military had to develop its own asymmetric warfare, which reduced the LTTE to merely an ideology after mid-2009.
Maj. Gen. Gunaratne also highlighted the lasting relationship between the two nations which dates back to the heydays of the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM).
Lt. Gen. Sikazwe sought the possibility of sharing the expertise and experiences of the Sri Lankan military as a furtherance of the existing Sri Lanka – Zambia military relationship.
“The Zambian military would greatly benefit from the Sri Lankan military’s innovative asymmetric warfare tactics”, the visiting Army Chief said.
In response, the Secretary Defence informed Lt. Gen. Sikazwe of the possibility of offering training to Zambian Special Forces by providing Sri Lankan Special Forces expertise on ‘Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) ’and the specialized module on ‘Survival, Escape, Evasion and Combat Tracking’.
At present, six Officer Cadets and one officer in the rank of Major from the Zambian Army are undergoing training at Sri Lankan military institutions including the Kotelawala Defence University.
Maj.Gen.Gunaratne said the ministry was willing to facilitate if the Zambian Army required a team of Sri Lankan military instructors to conduct sessions at their staff colleges. (Colombo Gazette)