UNITED AUSTRALIANS OF SRI LANKAN ORGANISATIONS
PO BOX 4066, MULGRAVE, VICTORIA 3175, AUSTRALIA, Telephone 03-97957143
17 May 2015
Commemorating the sixth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Hard Won Peace
On 19 May 2015, we commemorate the sixth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s triumph over the LTTE separatist terrorism. This great victory preserved the territorial integrity and unitary status of Sri Lanka which has continued to be indivisible for well over 2500 years. The resulting peace has also encouraged economic development, opened up the nation to the outside world and brought greater stability to the South Asian region and the Indian Ocean Rim.
We gratefully remember the supreme sacrifices made by the men and women of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, the Civil Defence Force and the Police, their families as well as numerous civilians in the three decade long struggle against this terrorist outfit. We also acknowledge the political leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse as well as the military skill and commitment of the Service Commanders Sarath Fonseka, Wasantha Karannagoda & Roshan Gunetileke who guided the Sri Lankan armed forces.
The Sri Lankan people were at the receiving end of the brutal terrorism of the fascist LTTE during this dark period when thousands of civilians of all ethnic backgrounds were killed by the LTTE using every violent method including cutting up with machetes & daggers, exploding bombs in buses, trains, public buildings, public roads and using land mines. Untold damage was also caused to the infrastructure of the country.