The President says the government is always committed to protect the honour and respect of war heroes

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the government is always fully committed to safeguard the honour, dignity and respect of war heroes from the top generals to the last private soldier and they would be provided with every privilege. He said this while addressing the Sri Lankans living in United States at the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to UN in New York recently.

President was warmly received by the Sri Lankans comprising of intellectuals, professionals, entrepreneurs, academics and university students.

He said there were some incidents investigated during the war as well as after the conflict, but they were not related to war and that cannot be described as hunting war heroes under any circumstance. He said it should not be forgotten that one of the expectations during the last Presidential election campaign was that there should be investigations on these stray incidents and the guilty to be punished.

If there are some more such incidents outside the war field, they also should be brought before the law and such actions would also be an honour for real war heroes. Our soldiers are internationally recognized because such mistakes have been rectified, he said.

The President pointed out that freedom and democracy has been established in the Motherland and not a single journalist was attacked or compelled to leave the country during the last three and a half years.

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