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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 05.26 GMT
Army denies claims of monitoring patrols in Jaffna

 

While claiming that within the last two weeks an important step was taken to further reduce the military presence in Jaffna by relocating 214 static guard positions occupied by troops within the peninsula, the army rejected claims that the Sri Lanka Army had stepped up monitoring patrols in Jaffna.

“It has been alleged by certain political activists in Jaffna that the Sri Lanka Army had stepped up monitoring patrols in Jaffna. This allegation is completely baseless and represents the opposite of the actual situation,” military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said in a statement.

He also said that the Security Forces had gradually reduced their presence in the north, conforming to the improving security situation there. Accordingly, within the last two weeks an important step was taken to further reduce the military presence by relocating 214 static guard positions occupied by troops within the Jaffna peninsula. Troops that were previously deployed in those localities had been re-deployed in the few camps that remain within the peninsula.

“With this re-deployment, which is aimed at further reducing the military presence in Jaffna, the number of public and private buildings released by the Security Forces since the end of conflict in 2009, including those located within the former High Security Zone in Palaly, has gone up to 8420.

The Security Forces carry out only essential duties for ensuring national security and providing relief in selected areas as part of its ongoing Civil Military Cooperation programmes that have received acceptance by the public and appreciation of the local as well as international community, he added.
 

 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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