Amy Chief Highlights Importance of Alertness in Jaffna

(November 11, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka Tuesday (11) morning flew to Jaffna peninsula with the intention of receiving an update on ground realities after meeting Jaffna based senior military officers.
During the meeting at Jaffna Security Forces Headquarters (SFHQ-J), the visiting Commander received a comprehensive account of security developments in Muhamalai, Kilaly and Nagarkovil areas where the troops were able to smash LTTE earth bunds in the past few days.

The arrival of 56 displaced civilians from Wanni into the peninsula so far across Ariyale, Paranthan and Thanankilappu areas in the past fortnight from Pooneryn sector was another matter that was taken up. Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka specifically inquired into the arrangements in place for receipt of more and more such people or any other exodus, as the heat on the Tigers elsewhere close to Pooneryn was now fast rising.

Major General G.A. Chandrasiri Commander SF-J who received the Army Chief on his arrival at the Palaly airstrip briefed the Commander on the status quo in relation to security in the peninsula before commencement of the meeting. Similarly, Major General Chandrasiri, outlining security arrangements planned in connection with the forthcoming Educational & Industrial Exhibition scheduled for December told his chief that a mammoth crowd of specttors is expected for this event.

Senior ground commanders present at the meeting explained their chief about respective ongoing and pending military offensives in operational areas and also their civil roles vis-a-vis humanitarian services in cleared areas. Commander before his return to Colombo afterwards commented on possible LTTE threat perceptions and highlighted the importance of being vigil at all times, since losing Tigers are poised to cripple normalcy in the peninsula at any cost.

A few senior officers of the Army Headquarters were also associated with the visit to the peninsula..
- Sri Lanka Guardian