Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa completely denied the allegations made by the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) against SL forces about the civilian casualties, during a telephone interview with CNN.
All these reports have just quoted the wrong information received from pro-LTTE parties. International media have no access to non-liberated areas and they collect information from LTTE, he added.
Mr. Rajapaksa insisted that most of these international media and even ICRC have become representatives of the LTTE’s propaganda to misinterpret information about the Wanni humanitarian mission and to spoil Sri Lanka’s image internationally. SL security forces have maintained an excellent record of zero civilian casualties both in East and North. Troops have targeted only the identified LTTE strongholds.
Though the SL government facilitated a group of journalists visit Wanni battlefront, CNN wasn’t among them. “Remember that the international community has no clear idea or understanding about the actual situation in Sri Lanka. This is not a stage of a suicide bomber or a car bomb; this is a group of terrorists holding and controlling a certain area which our security forces do not have access to. Remember that our mission is to liberate innocent civilians from the clutches of LTTE”. Once he explained this, the CNN interviewer went speechless and abruptly stopped the interview.
Listen to the Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s Interview with CNN
(An Adoption of the Sinhalese article done by C.E. Katuwawalage, Sinhalaya News Agency- 06.02.2009)
– Sinhalaya News