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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

"Chandrika and Ranil - NGO puppets"

[b]"Chandrika and Ranil - NGO puppets"[/b]

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

[b] Colombo, 31 July, ( [/b]Participants at the National Conference on "Beyond P-TOMS syndrome" organized Saturday by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) at the BMICH, Colombo, identified several leading foreign-funded NGOs - chiefly the Bergof Foundation, National Peace Council, the Committee for Policy Alternatives and the International Alert - as the worst threats to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The NGOs were charged with successfully manipulating both the UNP and UPFA government to serve LTTE objectives by weakening the military.

The conference theme was `Beyond the P-Toms syndrome.’ Among those in the audience were former Army Commander Lt. General Cyril Ranatunge, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe and former Deputy Inspector General of Police H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya and Attorney Udaya Gammanpila both of the Jathika Hela Urumaya.

Retired Brigadier Hiran Halangoda decried both the UPFA and UNP regimes for demoralizing the armed forces, which he said had always received scant attention from Sri Lanka’s ruling circles in contrast to those of other terrorism-hit countries. Politicization of the armed forces had badly affected national security.

“Defence is the least priority in this country,” lamented the Brigadier. “Our governments have continuously followed the path of least resistance – which is no way to win a war.”

Brigadier Halangoda who won the Rana Wickrema and Rana Sura medals for gallantry has trained around 250 officers and more of other ranks.

Lack of a coherent national defence policy had blocked the path to a military victory over the LTTE, Halangoda alleged. The policy had changed every time a government changed.

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