Sri Lanka's detained general pays tribute to war heros

09:19, May 21, 2010      

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While the Sri Lankan government has decided to postpone its first ever war victory celebration due to bad weather, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who is in military custody paid tribute on Thursday to soldiers and civilians who contributed to the war victory against Tamil Tiger rebels.

"Today marks the first anniversary of the military victory achieved by liberating the motherland and the nation from terrorism that had gripped the country for thirty-long years. At this moment I reminisce about the valiant war heroes who sacrificed their lives and innocent fraternal people in my country who fell victim to the war. I salute all of them," Fonseka told reporters.

But Fonseka said the military victory over Tamil Tiger rebels a year ago had not brought in the desired results when looked back.

"We have seen no progress. The war victory has not been converted to a victory for the people," Fonseka, now an opposition member of parliament, said.

"We have not seen any change to the quality of life when we thought that the country would progress (after the victory)," said Fonseka.

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