Every measure would be taken to prevent anything like the Easter Sunday attack from ever happening again, Defence Secretary retired Major General Kamal Gunaratne emphasized. He made this observation addressing a function held in marking the first anniversary of the Siyana Dialogue established by Dr. Nalaka Godahewa of at Naiwala, Veyangoda.
As the Secretary of Defence, Mr. Gunaratne said that he gathers all those involved in national security in one place and pay close attention to the matters related once a week. The intelligence units weakened during the last period have been recovered, he added.
However, there are weakened circuits to the Police and the Army, which would be resolved very soon, the Defence Secretary emphasized.
"They threw the national security out from our vocabulary fearing that it would damage the democracy and reconciliation. No opposition was targeted for suppression after the presidential election, because this country is democratic and everyone respects it. Soon I assumed as Defence Secretary I was informed by the President to visit the former prime minister. So I went to meet Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe. He had some reluctance, and said that they would resign. I guaranteed them that no one will be harmed or suppressed. I made that guarantee in front of two other senior ministers of their former government. This is how we work. We have no intention of seeking revenge.
I have already taken measures to reassemble the intelligence units that have been weakened over the past period. I gather everyone who are responsible for the national security into one place once a week and to discuss the matters. We all are under one umbrella. Otherwise we cannot assure the national security. There are many shortcomings in the Police and the Army. I hope they could be resolved very soon.
We are taking every measure to prevent anything like the Easter Sunday attack from ever happening again. As long as we assume in these titles we will not let a single particle of sand of this land be owned by a foreign kingdom," the Defence Secretary added.
The highest commitment to eliminate the underworld and the drug menace would also be given as Defence Secretary, Mr. Gunaratne further said.