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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

Army Commander Fonseka flies to Jaffna for a correct assessment of the Muhamalai battle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 14 October, ( one of the biggest battles the Sri Lanka Army had to put in recent times against invading LTTE troops in Sri Lanka’s Northern Jaffna Peninsula, Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka with his senior officers flew in to the battle grounds to assess the ground situation personally. Army Commander Sarath fonseka arrived at Palaly military airport  on Oct 13Army Commander Sarath fonseka arrived at Palaly military airport on Oct 13

At the Muhamalai battle 133 Sri Lanka Army soldiers died while 196 LTTE guerillas are also reportedly killed.

Chief of Defense Staff Air Chief Marshall G. D. Perera flew with Lt. General Fonseka to assist the Commander in his assessment, October 13 Friday morning.

Major General G. A. Chandrasiri was there at the Palaly military Airport to receive the high command of the army when the plane carrying them touched down at the airport.

Immediately after the arrival Lieutenant General Fonseka went into a briefing session by his ground commanders at the Jaffna theatre.

An army statement said, "All the Division Commanders, Brigade Commanders and Unit Commanders, Senior Officers discussed the current security situation in Jaffna. Further Chief of Defence Staff, Army Commander and the Senior Officers including the Security Forces Commander (Jaffna) briefed the present security situation in Jaffna."Army Commander visiting a wounded soldiersArmy Commander visiting a wounded soldiers

Lt. General Fonseka got a, "first hand information on the security situation.", the army said.

Boosting up the morale of the soldiers was a priority item of the commanders’ visit to Jaffna. Chief of Defence Staff and the Army Commander with the other Senior Officers visited the Palali Base hospital to see the health condition of the soldiers who were wounded in the Muhamalai operation on t October 11.

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