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New Ambassadors on Study Tour to Jaffna Meet Jaffna Commander
[Updated :: 2011-06-07 13:50:10 Hours]

A team of diplomats assigned to take over duties as Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners to seven countries with their staff assistants arrived in Jaffna Tuesday (07) to learn new developments taking place in the peninsula as a part of their induction tour before the departure.

Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, after receiving the ambassadorial delegation, enlightened them about fast development in Jaffna in the fields of education, health, economy, socio-cultural, religious and infrastructure etc.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe described the progress of de-mining and resettlement with statistics to the visiting diplomats. Responding to questions raised by the audience, SF-J Commander explained the involvement of the Army that has changed from fighter image to protector image, in the government-augmented development projects for Jaffna.

Apart from that, the delegation was educated on welfare activities such as award of scholarships, livelihood, economic and health promotion programmes being carried out for Jaffna community by the Headquarters SF-J. Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe further said that he is delighted to announce only 2.2% of the total minefields is yet to be cleared and the process has been accelerated to ensure early and safe resettlement of civilians in their original homesteads. It was revealed by the SF-J Commander that only 325 families are left at the Ramavil IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) welfare centre and they will also be resettled towards the end of this month as soon as infrastructure facilities in those areas are completed.

They will spend two days in Jaffna visiting various places of cultural, historical and religious importance.

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