It is wrong to say that crimes have increased to such an extent that people can no longer walk on the road, says Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
He stated that it is inappropriate to spread such opinions in an era when international investors are showing keen interest and greater focus has been given for the promotion of tourism.
Rajapaksa said that a certain ambassador had told him that security forces should be withdrawn from the North as rape and crimes in the province has increased. “She had said that based on media reports,” he said.
Foreign nations have a wrong impression regarding Sri Lanka due to certain incorrect information published by the media, the Defence Secretary stressed, adding that something positive to the country is expected from the media.
Armed groups in the North have now been disarmed, illegal reclaiming of land has been stopped and a programme has been launched to curtail crime, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said during a seminar on ‘Crime, Corruption and National Security’ held today (July 23) at the Information Department auditorium.