MR not only appointed Gen. Fonseka to high position, but helped him in personal matters – Defence Secy.

KANDY - President Mahinda Rajapaksa not only appointed General Sarath Fonseka to an important post, but also helped him in personal matters, said Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, at a meeting at the Galagedara Cultural Centre Auditorium.

The meeting was convened by Home Affairs and Public Administration Minister and Deputy Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, on Saturday 19.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa disclosed that General (Rtd.) Sarath Fonseka was allocated a block of land valued at Rs. 100 million. A motor car worth Rs. 44 million, was given to him for a Rs. 2 million. The President’s Fund spends on the education of his two children in the USA.

The Defence Secretary said that on his request, President Rajapaksa appointed Fonseka to a high post at a time when Fonseka was expected to retire from service in just two weeks time.

Describing the commitments of President Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary said that President Rajapaksa took over the responsibility of administration at a moment when the North and East was practically under LTTE control.

The armed forces were stranded. The people from the South did not have access to the North and East. The members of the armed forces, police and civilians were brutally killed by the terrorists.

At least 30,000 from the forces and the police were killed by the terrorists while about 90,000 civilians lost their lives.

Four Executive Presidents and eight governments failed to find a solution to the crisis. The ceasefire agreement meanwhile did the worst by beefing up the powers of the LTTE.

The Defence Secretary said that President Rajapaksa took over the reigns with the blessings of the people at the moment that Prabhakaran was at the top most point of power.

Having studied the situation, the President with foresight decided to resort to action. He increased the strength of the forces and provided the necessary material when his attempts for a dialogue failed. As he could develop the morale of the armed forces and the civil security force, the youth came forward to join the forces in numbers. And now after 30 years of turmoil and uncertainty, people of Sri Lanka live a life free of terror and suspicion. Of course one single person cannot take the credit for that success, he added.

Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama told the meeting that President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Commanding Chief of the forces did yeoman service to bring back peace and freedom to the people of Sri Lanka.

One individual could never overcome the problem that existed for three decades. The job was a herculean task. President Rajapaksa used his brains and found a solution to the issue, Dr. Amunugama said.

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was an asset to President Rajapaksa in his committed mission to restore normalcy, he added.

A grateful people continue to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dr. Amunugama added.

Mr. J. R. P. Suriyapperuma also spoke.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Lakshman Hulugalla, Central Provincial Council Member Dilum Amunugama were among those present.

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