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* 'Armed forces will fight the war, not politicians' – Sri Lanka PM
Saturday, January 19, 2008, 12:34 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka said country's armed forces had been given full freedom to carryout their duties to wipe out the terrorism from the country, without any interference from politicians.

Prime Minister made this comment addressing a passing-out-parade on Thursday evening at the Navy base at Boossa.

He said that earlier politicians ordered the armed forces on how to fight the war, “but the present government had given full freedom to the armed forces to conduct the war.” He said the government is confident that the armed forces would able to wipe out the terrorism now restricted to two districts in the north soon.

“Let the armed forces heads to handle the war, as politicians were not experts in that field,” the Premier said.

Sri Lankan government abrogated the six year long ceasefire agreement with the Tamil rebels on Wednesday and vowed to eliminate the terror group. However, the international community is deeply concerned at the situation in Sri Lanka urging for a political solution to the conflict.

The government has said that a devolution package to resolve the conflict will be put forward by January 23.

"The government is committed to announce a devolution package by implementing the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) proposals," Sri Lankan Minister Maithripala Sirisena recently told media.

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