Posted on May 29th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the United National Party members continue to insult the country’s valiant armed services and issue statements underestimating their achievements.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Yapa charged that UNP senior parliamentarian Laxman Kiriella who was in a big controversy some years back after stating , “Any fool could go to war,” referring to our armed services. (Ona gonekuta uddha karanna puluwan)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Yapa said after nearly two years , keeping silent about alleged statement, now Kiriella says he has been misquoted. (The ITN played a video clip of him making the statement).

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Yapa said now he has made another statement underestimating the great achievement of our valiant soldiers. According to Yapa , Kiriella had said in the Lakbima newspaper that any one can win a war after spending so much of money.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Calling this another demoralizing insult by Kiriella against the army Yapa said it was not the money or armaments that win wars but the soldiers behind the guns. That’s why , he said, the rich US army cannot win the Afghanistan war and the Vietnam war in the past.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In an obvious reference to Kiriella the Commander of the Army during an interview said he hated the army because a close relative was discharged from the army.

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