The Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) wants the government to take immediate action to prevent the LTTE from bolstering its military capabilities by setting up an air wing.
OPA President H. H. Subasinghe said:`Reports reveal that the LTTE is bringing into the country arms and other sophisticated war machinery to build up their destructive capability. The modus operandi adopted to bring in the lethal weapons should certainly be known to the intelligence units and those responsible for the security of the nation. However, tangible steps do not appear to have been taken so far to prevent this highly illegal activity, detrimental to the security of the nation`
`It is now reported that an air strip has been constructed within the LTTE held area and that two planes that can carry bombs capable of destroying and damaging vital installations essential for the sustenance of life of the people are in the possession of the LTTE.`
`There is a growing fear among the people that, with the two planes in their possession, the LTTE is capable of inflicting serious damage to the country and the lives of the people.`
`The safety and security of the people are paramount and every possible action should be taken towards achieving this objective.`
`We are concerned about the security of the country and the safety of its people, resolves that every meaningful step be taken to ensure achieving this objective.`
`OPA further resolves that those responsible for maintaining the security of the country be given full and unfettered authority to carry out their functions and no interference be allowed to bear on them to compromise with their responsibility for national security.`