Lankan military officials encouraged to write on civil war



Colombo: Sri Lankan senior military officials have been encouraged to write their experience during the three-decade old civil war with the LTTE rebels that ended in May 2009.

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the powerful Defence Secretary, said books on the country's civil war would make the public understand the hardships they faced and sacrifices made by the security forces in the task of defeating the LTTE terrorism.

Gotabhaya, the brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was speaking at a ceremony to launch a book titled 'The Rise and Fall of the LTTE" written by the Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya yesterday in the capital.

"Experience is what matters when you write a book while also getting all your facts right after a prolonged investigation into the events that took place," he said.

The Defence Secretary said there "are so many incidents that took place during the war that the public would be eager to read about."

PTI