No timeframes for north offensives – Gotabhaya

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says giving timeframes for the completion of northern military offensives would be a pointless exercise.

The commanders of the three armed forces are having a clear-cut war strategy, and the operations to liberate the north are progressing successfully, he told the media at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo yesterday (Aug. 28th).

The Wanni offensive is being carried out as a precursor to a political solution to the national conflict, Mr. Rajapaksa added.

Speaking further, he condemned the Air Tiger raid on the Trincomalee naval base three nights ago, but stressed it was no indication the military has weakened.

The Defence Secretary also elaborated on the plight of the war displaced in the north.

Foreign diplomats have been briefed about the homeless, he said, adding that it was an achievement of the military that there have been zero civilian casualties.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the Sri Lankan armed forces were one of the best disciplined in the entire world.

Only the armed forces could bear arms and anyone else armed will be considered terrorists, he added.

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