The Government in a statement yesterday confirmed that as a deterrent to further LTTE attacks, the air force launched limited aerial strikes on the identified LTTE aviation facility under construction at Iranamadu,.
While condemning the LTTE attack on navy troop-carrier Pearl Cruise II with 710 service personnel on board, the government said on several occasions it brought to the attention of the international community the grave security threat posed by this illegal aviation facility not only to Sri Lanka but also to countries in the region?.
?This facility also violates national and international civil aviation regulations?, the government charged and added that the SLMM had on several occasions attempted to inspect this facility but was denied access by the LTTE.
?The SLMM has ruled the LTTE`s denying of access to this facility as a violation of the ceasefire agreement The Government, whilst reaffirming its commitment to exercise restraint under the ceasefire agreement, calls upon the international community to take decisive and deterrent action against these continuing acts of terrorism and ceasefire violations perpetrated by the LTTE,? the government said.