Thursday, March 19, 2009

Commander Reminds Vanni Ground Commanders of LTTE’s Last Alternatives

19 Mar 2009 - 18:26
COMMANDER of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, during his weekly meeting with Vanni ground commanders in Vavuniya Thursday (19) morning, reminded them of Tigers’ eventual last options and other alternative possibilities, as the territory held under the terror outfit, has now shrunk to less than 28 sq km intoto.

Lieutenant General Fonseka in his observations noted that Tiger terrorists, as their last resort in the final offensive, would stoop to do anything against civilians as well as Security Forces, since no other viable solutions continue to remain with them, any longer.

“Maximum alertness and overall preparedness taking all precautions into consideration evaluating the enemy’s strategies should be maintained at all times. They might infiltrate the rear of the troops in cleared areas, and inflict damage on us, but our determination to finish off this terrorist cancer once for all, should not deter us from reacting to such reactions. The enemy is also poised to harm civilians who do not toe their line and go with them,” Lieutenant General Fonseka pointed out.

After reviewing troop deployments and other logistic requirements in other sensitive areas of Vanni, the visiting Army chief expressed his satisfaction on the overall performance of his troops in Puthukudiyrippu and elsewhere, and simultaneously stressed the need to bring this humanitarian operation to an end as early as possible. Since Tigers in some terrains are operating, from a very short distance, they might strike hard on trapped civilians, in case the troops roll on to the last ditch of the Tigers, the visiting Commander opined.

Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander Security Forces in Vanni after receipt of the Commander on arrival gave a full account of the developments before the meeting got underway. Several senior officers from the Army Headquarters were also associated with the tour.

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