Ruwan rejects Mahinda’s claims on LTTE flag

images-51State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena today rejected allegation made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of opposition Members of Parliament who had stated that the LTTE flag was hoisted in parts of the North at a time when the nation commemorated the sixth year of defeating separatist LTTE terrorism.

The Ministry of Defence quoted Wijewardena as saying that reports received from intelligence agencies stated that no such incident were staged in the Northern or Eastern Provinces. Wijewardena said the rumours are being spread by certain persons with vested interests.

“No incidents of this nature had been reported from the region and this reflects the disapproval of the people of the North and East in the resurgence of terrorism, states the State Minister. He points out that President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and himself as the State Minister of Defence are committed in ensuring national security and building reconciliation and coexistence among the people. He further states that he regrets the actions of certain sections in misleading the people of the South by spreading false information to attain petty political gains. By spreading such baseless allegations within the country extremist elements,” the statement added.

Wijewardena requested the public to be vigilant about campaigns being carried out by certain social websites using media reports and video clippings of recent LTTE commemorative events held in some countries including south India. (Colombo Gazette)