President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the security forces would counter successfully any future LTTE air attack. President Rajapaksa speaking during a meeting with print/electronic media editors at Temple Tress last evening said the security forces were in the process of addressing whatever lapses there may have been in the air defence system at the time of Monday`s attack.
The President disclosed that a new hotline - `116` had been setup by the Air Force to receive information by the public on suspicious air craft.
Recalling that the government had a tough time in convincing some diplomatic missions on the LTTE`s air capabilities prior to Monday`s Tiger air raid, the President said several countries had pledged technological support to Sri Lanka following the attack.nswering a question on the allegation that the arrest of former Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi was a politically motivated move initiated by the President himself, he said it was the tendency of the people to come forward and lodge complaints when politicians were out of power.
`I know many think that I initiated the process. I have no hand in the move` the President said adding that he in fact called former Minister Mangala Samaraweera when he heard the former minister was stranded at the airport following the LTTE air attack.
`I have no personal vendetta. My only issue is the way they undermined national security by making irresponsible statements,` the President said.