Lankan Army denies rift between Fonseka and govt
Sri Lankan Army has rejected as “bogus propaganda” reports that its Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka is considering joining politics due to reported differences between him and the government.world Updated: Oct 18, 2009 15:18 IST
Sri Lankan Army has rejected as “bogus propaganda” reports that its Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka is considering joining politics due to reported differences between him and the government.
Reacting to the reports, Military Spokesperson Brig Udaya Nanayakkara denied any differences between LTTE war hero Fonseka and the government.
The false news was being published by various print and electronic media, Nanayakkara said, adding that General Fonseka is still the most senior officer serving in the Army.
Media reports about differences between the government and Fonseka are baseless and not true, he said.
“Such reports have been planted deliberately to create a rift between the government and the army which has won public confidence and popularity,” Nanayakkara was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Media Centre for National Security statement.
“However the publication of such reports on the army is illegal and counter-productive”.
The military statement came in the backdrop of Fonseka saying that he had “finished” his obligations to the Army.
“This may be the last occasion I make an address of this nature to officers and men of the Sri Lanka Army. Although I am still serving in the Army, I have finished my obligations dedicated to the Army as I have reached different heights,” Fonseka had said during the 60th anniversary celebration of the Army held on October 13.
The Military Spokesman clarified that they should do away with such stories for the sake of the army and the country. Those reports tend to mislead the general public,“ the statement said.