Sri Lanka to beef up security to prevent reviving LTTE in the country

Jan 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka plans to strengthen security in the country to prevent any resurrection of the vanquished terror outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), island nation’s Defense Secretary said Tuesday.

Denying accusations, leveled against the government by some groups that the country is being militarized, the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the security forces are being strengthened in order to establish lasting peace and harmony in the country.

Secretary Rajapaksa observed that the LTTE, although defeated in the country, is still active overseas and groups sympathetic to the LTTE cause are attempting to revitalize their movement at international level.

He made these while delivering a lecture titled “Possible Future Challenges to National Security” at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo today.

The Defense Secretary, while assuring that the government security forces are capable of bringing down terrorist elements within the country, said the government will strengthen the intelligence unit to the fullest.

He pointed out that pro-LTTE organizations have enormous amounts of funds at their disposal and these funds are now being used to destabilize the country.

Rajapaksa noted that the government has fully strengthened the democratic rule in the country now and it is planning measures to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to resolve the national issues.

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