Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena says the government is bound to protect the dignity and pride of the defense sector, including the tri-forces, while confronting the alleged human rights violations purported to have happened during the last phase of the war.
Sirisena added he would never let the security sector including tri-forces to be weakened in any way.
Sirisena made these remarks at a Colours Awarding Ceremony of Sri Lanka Army held at Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in Panagoda on Monday.
This is the first time a Head of the State participated in a Colours Awarding Ceremony of Army, after 25 years of such participation of Late President J. R. Jayewardene.
Sirisena who arrived in the Army Headquarters was welcomed with special guard of honour.
Sirisena presented Presidential Colours and Regimental Colours to Sri Lanka Army Regiment and Presidential Colours and Unit Colours to the Sri Lanka Army and the Second Sri Lanka Volunteers Regiment.
A special message to the event issued by the President as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces was presented.
Sirisena also unveiled a 80-feet-high Statue dedicated to War Heroes who sacrificed their lives for our Motherland. “Even though the various people, who believe different political ideologies, say various things using the freedom of speech and democracy ensured by us, the new government is committed to protect the honour and dignity of the War Heroes”, Sirisena further said.
“More space has been allocated to our security forces in the UN Peacekeeping operations as a security force which is well-trained and well-disciplined,” Sirisena said. The President further said that during his last visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly he has discussed in this regard with the UN Secretary General and with few state leaders.