Sri Lanka says military campaign needed for stability and investment

September 16, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s defence establishment has told the business community that it was working to a plan to defeat Tamil Tiger terrorism that would create the stability they needed for investment. “For you to do your business, first there must be a country,” Gothabhaya Rajapakse, Secretary to the Defence Ministry, was quoted as saying in a statement.

The comments were made at a meeting business leaders, including the heads of some of the big conglomerates, had with Rajapakse earlier in the week.

The statement said the meeting provided the forum for the business community to voice some issues of concern, which were clarified by Rajapakse.

Rajapakse was quoted as saying that ‘a company without a vision is a company blinded and a company without a mission only gropes in the dark’.

“I can assure you one thing. And that is we are driven by a vision and we do have a carefully crafted mission to achieve our objectives. Our long term strategies and short term tactics are very well focused to achieve these objectives.”

Rajapakse, a retired army colonel who is also a brother President Mahinda Rajapakse, said that signing temporary peace pacts with a ruthless terrorist group cannot