“General Sarath Fonseka Chief of Defense Staff addressing officers and men of the Sri Lanka Army at the 60th Army Anniversary Parade in Colombo said it was the last time he was making an address of that nature. He said he has finished his obligations dedicated to the Army.
Speaking at the ceremony Gen. Fonseka said, This may be the last occasion I make an address of this nature to officers and men of the Sri Lanka Army. Although I am still serving in the Army I have finished my obligations dedicated to the Army as I have reached different heights at this time. After serving for 40 years I have already done my share for the Army and I have done this in a historical manner as I gave the leadership for the Army to win the 30 year long war.
According to political analysts this indicates the dissatisfaction over the way Gen. Fonseka is being treated by the President and the government. The contradiction between President Mahinda Rajapaksha and Gen. Sarath Fonseka had come to the surface at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Army held at BMICH recently. According to several reports that appeared in the media Gen. Fonseka was not happy regarding how he is being treated by the President and the government. There were rumors that he had been offered the post of Secretary to the Sports Ministry which Gen. Fonseka had rejected. ”
“The Army emphasises that there is no rift between the Chief of Defence Staff and the Government.
Military Spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said stern legal action will be initiated against those who attempt to give publicity to such false reports. A false propaganda campaign is underway throughout the country claiming there is a rift between the Government and the Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka.
This is being spread by certain elements using the media to achieve various objectives. It is totally false. He opined that General Fonseka is still the most Sernior officer of the Army and this attempt has been made to dispute a rift between the Government and the Security Forces. These unfounded campaigns are targeted at duping the public. This campaign should be immediately halted. If not, he added that the Government will have to resort to legal action.”