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Terrorism cannot oust me: Rajapaksa

Lankan president says terrorism cannot bring down his Govt, reports PK Balachandran.

world Updated: Mar 29, 2007 14:22 IST

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that terrorism cannot bring down his government and that if the opposition (namely, United National Party) thinks that it can come to power taking advantage of terrorist strikes, it is thoroughly mistaken.

"Friends, after the air attack at Katunayake, there were those who asked me to resign. They placed the blame on us for carrying out a major war. They spoke the same language as Prabhakaran (the Leader of the LTTE)."

"In anyone thinks that the government will be shaken by terrorist attacks and will fall on their lap, they are committing a grave error by their own politics," Rajapaksa said here on Thursday at the inauguration of a programme to develop 12,000 villages.

"Those who think that they will be right on top if terrorism wins are making a grave mistake," he added.

If terrorism were to win, the entire country would be the loser, he pointed out.

"No one should think that if there is a loser in this battle, it will be Mahinda Rajapaksa.The attempt is to defeat the people of the country," the President said.

Three LTTE craft destroyed

The Sri Lankan navy on Wednesday destroyed three LTTE naval boats and killed 12 Sea Tigers in a battle off Alampil on the Mullaitivu coast in North-East Sri Lanka.

But seven of the 10 boats in the LTTE flotilla escaped.