of Jaffna know how the Army is helping them. Majority of people
are pleased with the post-war development programme of the government
and assistance extended by the Army to the public”, said Commander
Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Mahinda Hathurusinghe addressing
a top level US diplomatic delegation visiting Jaffna on Sunday,
The 10 member
delegation comprising US Ambassador in Colombo Her Excellency
Ms Michele J Sison, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South
and Central Asian Affairs Mr. James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defence for South and Southeast Asia Mr. Wikram Singh, Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human
Rights and Labour Ms. Jane B. Zinnerman and other diplomatic Officials,
having being received at the Headquarters SF-J, Palaly, was briefed
on present situation in Jaffna in terms of security, economic
development, rehabilitation and resettlement and social harmony
by Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe.
meeting, Jaffna Commander explained humanitarian aid and welfare
measures extended by the Army towards reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants
and needy people.
“We have so
far reduced the strength of troops in Jaffna in large numbers
since 2009. Army does not involve in civil administration at all
and the government mechanism similar to the South is very much
in place with all responsibilities discharged by them. With regard
to the Army, plans are under way to reduce more troops in consultation
with higher Headquarters in the near future”, SF Commander explained.
a question on de-mining and resettlement, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe
said less that 3% of the land is yet to be de-mined. It was further
said that many blocks of lands, though months have passed after
they were de-mined and released, are still not resettled since
their owners presently living overseas do not want to return.
Ms Michele J Sison thanked the SF-J Commander for his detailed
presentation on Jaffna and appreciated the Army’s role in post-war
left Palaly to visit a few locations before departure for Colombo.