Congressmen Pleased with Fast Development & Excellent Civil-Military
Relations in Jaffna
:: 2011-10-23 12:16:08 Hours]
team of high ranking US parliamentarians accompanied by Sri Lankan
Ambassador to the USA Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya arrived in Jaffna
on Wednesday (19) to get first hand experience on the present situation
in Jaffna. Having been welcomed to the Headquarters Security Force
– Jaffna (SF-J) Palaly, the US delegation met Commander SF-J Major
General Mahinda Hathurusinghe at his office where they shared ideas
related to bilateral interest. Later, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe gave
a comprehensive account on the government-augmented post war development
programmes in Jaffna which are on the fast track. Road development,
development of infrastructure for fishing and farming communities
and new business ventures coming up in Jaffna were among the areas
that drew enthusiasm of the visiting US delegation.
They were also enlightened on amiable civil-military relations in
Jaffna and humanitarian assistance given to the people in the peninsula
to uplift their educational, economical and cultural development
by the Headquarters SF-J. Steps taken by the Army to maintain peace
and harmony in Jaffna through various civic-oriented activities
were commended by the members of the team during the meeting with
the SF-J Commander. They were highly pleased and with the fast development
in the post war Jaffna within a span of two and half years after
the end of the war.
They met Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar before leaving
Jaffna after a successful visit.
Congressman Hon. Albert Benjamin Chandler, III, Congressman Hon.
Jack Haddens Kingston, Congressman Hon. Joseph Heath Shuler and
a few other US and Sri Lankan diplomatic and military officials
were present on the occasion.