It could be said that Sri Lanka is the only country that feeds its enemies, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickreamanayake said, at a ceremony held to present air tickets to Singapore to students who scored best results in the GCE Ordinary Level Exam, at the Prime Minister s office on Thursday (28).
`Is there any other country in the world that supplies food free of charge to its enemy force? We continue to provide food to the uncleared areas in the North though we know that the LTTE would get hold of them and attack our soldiers in return,` the Premier asked.
`Sri Lankans know humanitarian values. That s why it has not curtailed the supplies to the uncleared areas though the LTTE could make use of them to strengthen themselves. We have been distressed for nearly 30 years by the terrorism. The terrorists are dying to destroy the economy and this country. Yet, we as a government would not let them to achieve that target. As a government we have not failed in carrying out our duties of providing for Tamil and Muslims living under the gun point of the LTTE. It is no secret that the LTTE rob them the food and medicine that we send for the civilians. The facilities and medicine that we send there are being used to treat the LTTE cadres injured in attacks against the security forces. Not only that the injured terrorists are also treated in our hospitals and by our doctors. Some get cured and escape to take weapons against the forces again. That s why I said that Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that take care of the welfare of its enemies,` the premier said.
Thirteen students were given free tickets to visit Singapore. During their stay, which would last seven days in Singapore, they would be taken on tour of Singaporean educational institutes