Colombo, May 18 (PTI): President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed countries that stayed away from the celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s victory over the LTTE, and called them “blind, deaf, and dumb”.
He accused these countries of being ignorant of the progress Sri Lanka had made since the end of the war with the Tamil Tigers in 2009.
“Some governments are blind, deaf and dumb. They are opposed to our celebrating this victory,” he said addressing a victory parade in his birthplace Matara. Over 8,000 troops took part in the parade.
Most of the western envoys, including that of Canada who had said she would decline an invitation to attend the parade, stayed away from the event. Canadian high commissioner Shelley Whiting had said that the parade was inappropriate because the government should be concentrating on reconciliation.
Rajapaksa said despite views expressed by some quarters that Sri Lanka must not celebrate the event, he was determined to carry on with the celebrations. “This is something we should celebrate forever.”