The Government requests citizens to be vigilant regarding the campaigns carried out by certain political and extremist elements to mislead the South. The Government says those behind the campaign are using media reports and video clippings of recent LTTE commemorative events held in some countries, including south India, and also the kidnapping, rape and killing incident of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Kayts, Jaffna.
State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardena, addressing a media conference held at the Government Information Department on May 22 (Friday), totally refuted the allegation made by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a group of Opposition Members of Parliament that the LTTE flag was hoisted in some parts of the North at a time when the nation was commemorating the sixth year after defeating separatist tiger rebels. “Reports received by intelligence agencies state that no such incident had been staged in the Northern or Eastern Provinces. These rumors are spread by certain persons with vested interests, through media sources and social web sites to achieve their own political agendas,” the Minister said.
He also pointed out that President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and himself as the State Minister of Defence, are committed in ensuring national security and building reconciliation and coexistence among the people. He further stated that he regrets the actions of certain sections in misleading the people of the South by spreading false information to attain petty political gains.