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Sri Lankan army among the best in world: Fonseka

world Updated: Jun 21, 2009 20:45 IST

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Describing the Sri Lankan army as one of the best in the world, its chief Sarath Fonseka admitted the victory against LTTE was not a “cake walk” and it was at the cost of “lot of sacrifices” by the security forces.

“I am proud to say that Sri Lanka Army is one of the world’s best, comprising soldiers with high moral and commitment. This is not just a claim but was proved by the complete annihilation of the ruthless terrorist organisation (LTTE),” Gen Fonseka said.

“We all know that this victory was not a cake walk. It was the outcome of lots of sacrifices by the soldiers. It was their blood, sweat, lives and limbs that brought this victory,” he said.

“You all brought this victory during the past two years and 10 months. The soldiers fought day and night and under all weather conditions with the terrorists. I value this victory by the sacrifices that they have made.

As army soldiers we always can be proud of this victory and no other force has made this much of contribution to the war,” he said.

Fonseka urged the soldiers not to engage in any activity to discredit the image of the Sri Lanka Army.

“People did not believe us when we set targets. They always tried to criticise us and put the moral of the soldiers down,” Fonseka said during a visit to Mullaittivu on Friday.