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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Mangala is working on an agenda to inflate the collapsing propaganda machinery of the LTTE- Government spokesman

Colombo, 23 November, (Asiantribune.com): "What is Mangala up to? Obviously a deflated man with a deflated alliance, rejected by the public, consigned to the dustbin, is trying to inflate the collapsing propaganda machinery of the LTTE, revealed Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella, Sri Lanka Government’s official Spokesman for Defence and National Security.Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella: “ I cannot honestly understand and I want to put it down that  what Mangala Samaraweera is propagating  is a meticulously planned psychological war, in the absence of LTTE being unable to penetrate the peoples’ minds , he is trying to do that job for the LTTE."  Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella: “ I cannot honestly understand and I want to put it down that what Mangala Samaraweera is propagating is a meticulously planned psychological war, in the absence of LTTE being unable to penetrate the peoples’ minds , he is trying to do that job for the LTTE."

Charges are also leveled by the Minister against Mangala Smaraweera, as he was trying to paint an erroneous picture that what Sri Lankan soldiers are fighting to liberate the country from the terrorists grip, as an unwinnable war. Furthermore he was also accused of working on a private agenda with a deflated alliance.

"Unfortunately, he is trying to inculcate that this is a war which is unwinnable, in the minds of the people who are one hundred percent with the President, the Defence authorities and with the valiant soldiers of this country," pointed out, Spokesman for Defence and National Security.

Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella, Governemnt spokesman told Asian Tribune, that these are the very people who have been already consigned to the dustbins, however they are working with a private agenda, where already the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has miserably failed.

Asian Tribune asked Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella to comment on the recent allegation by Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of SLFP Mahajana Wing, who said, "This is an endless war. Newspapers do not publish these things. You will not be allowed to publish these either. I know that by last Tuesday, 235 injured soldiers were brought to Colombo National Hospital. It was reported that 85 were brought to Kalubowila, 90 to Jayawardenepura and more than 300 to Military Hospital. Also, the bodies of more than 200 brave sons of this country were brought to Jayaratne Funeral Directors. This government is preparing to sacrifice any number of lives to hide all these and cover up its inabilities."

Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella said, "Our forces are involved in fighting against the most ruthless terrorist organization. In a fight there has to be causalities on the winning side, as well as on the losing side."

He added, in May 1996, in the "Operation Liberation" military campaign to free Vadamarachchy, Brigadier Denzil Kobbekaduwa in his confidential report to Colombo said that the causality figures were well over 15,000.

"However," he said, "Today we have endeavored to minimize the causalities."

"I cannot honestly understand and I want to put it down that what Mangala Samaraweera is propagating is a meticulously planned psychological war, in the absence of LTTE being unable to penetrate the peoples’ minds and he is trying to do that job for the LTTE, the Minister said.

The Minister charged that Mangala Samaraweera, a deflated person has an agenda with a deflated alliance to inculcate in the minds of the general public that we have subjected our armed forces to hazardous situations, irrespective of victories.

"His private agenda which is very cynical, not only the public but even the forces - our valiant soldiers are quiet aware of the opposition’s stance and they know also the weaknesses and the strength of the opposition. They are willing to fight it out for the country, its people, to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and they have taken up the challenge posed by the terrorist organization, the Minister said.

When Asian Tribune asked the Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella to comment about causality figures dropped by Mangala Samaraweera, he said the issue here is not the causality figures. The hidden agenda here, what Managala Samaraweera trying is to make credible, the anti-government propaganda campaign undertaken by the Tamil Net and other sinister and vicious LTTE media organizations. Other than that, the dropping of causality figures has no bearings at all except the anti-people propaganda with evil motive and intent.

Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella also pointed out that as a Member of Parliament, Mangala Samaraweera is well aware that Prime Minister always reveals the causality figures of our soldiers when he presents the motion to renew the emergency by beginning of every month.

To confirm or deny those figures, we have to wait till the beginning of next month, so that Prime Minister will present the accurate figures in the parliament.

- Asian Tribune -

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