By Karu Jayasuriya MP
Statement by Karu Jayasuriya, Member of Parliament on the occasion of the completion of 3 years of General Sarath Fonseka’s imprisonment and 6 years escaping death from the attack of the LTTE suicide bomber on the 26th April 2006
For a nation as a whole to be shaken on behalf of a decisive moment of an individual’s life is a rare occurrence. On 25th April 2006 we experienced such a rare occasion.
On this day former Commander of Army Gerneral Sarath Fonseka was struggling with death after he was subjected to an attack by a female suicide bomber of the LTTE inside Army Headquarters.
He stood up on behalf of his nation holding the damaged body parts of his stomach, whilst the soil of his motherland was soaking with his blood and nine others who were with him were lying dead. All those who loved the country and humanity and despised terrorism prayed for the life of this hero.
The prayer was fulfilled, it was the first chapter of the epic which recorded the defeat of the murderous terrorism which subjected the lives of people to immense suffering and dragged down the country towards destruction. General Sarath Fonseka who was revived, commenced his duties and promised to complete epic himself, without handing over to another Commander to write the last chapter. He accomplished this task as promised
The name of General Sarath Fonseka, who provided military leadership to defeat the LTTE terrorism by killing Prabhakaran who was known as the number one terrorist leader of the world, has been removed from the annals of the Army. The medals he earned for heroic acts he performed by shedding his blood had been taken away from him. His pension has been stopped. General Sarath Fonseka who was the first General appointed under the Chief of Defence Staff Act has become a prisoner and identified by a number and languishing in the Welikada prison.
This is the unpalatable truth today, when we reach six years from the day General Sarath Fonseka escaped from death from the attack of the female bomber of the LTTE and the completion of 3 years of his imprisonment. We have to ask ourselves, whether we have listened to the voice of our conscience as a nation during the past several years.
We wish to reiterate that Heroes are not born overnight. The heroic feats of the heroes which dwell in the hearts of the masses cannot be removed by force.
Karu Jayasuriya M.P.
United National Party