Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
on Monday (09) said, “Army has no plan to acquire civilians’ lands
to establish camps in Jaffna. Instead, Army has been continuously
handing back houses occupied by the Army since the end of war
to their legitimate owners. But, as a matter of national security,
SF-J Headquarters will acquire a limited area to expand the Palaly
Airport and the Kankesanthurai Harbour, presently under the process
of rapid expansion.”
Hathurusinghe revealed those facts when he met the British High
Commissioner Mr. John Rankin at Headquarters SF-J on Monday morning.
Mr. Rankin arrived in Palaly for a two day visit in Jaffna with
Political Officer to Jaffna Mrs. Asma Edris.
Diplomat who commended the Army’s role that promotes the lives
of ex-LTTE combatants and other civilians in post war Jaffna inquired
about the alleged acquisition of lands by the Army. SF-J Commander
flatly refused this malicious allegations saying that all those
are nothing but media exaggerations spread with hidden agenda.
of military in Jaffna has been reduced in greater numbers since
2009 and the remaining troops are engaged in humanitarian activities
and development programmes in Jaffna. Like any other parts of
Sri Lanka, Army is essential in the sphere of national security
and only required strength of troops will remain in Jaffna. Reduction
of troops will further continue considering the security situation.
However, Army is not ready to take a security risk as they faced
in early 1980s,” SF-J Commander clarified.
special thanks to the British government for the enormous contribution
being made by the Halo Trust in de-mining the affected areas.
Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe apprised the visiting High Commissioner
of the Army housing project for displaced civilians and livelihood
programmes carried out for poor families and especially for ex-combatants.
British High Commissioner left Palaly to continue with the rest
of his itinerary.