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US Officials Appreciate Army’s Role in Post-War Jaffna

[2012-05-07 16:27:55]

A team of members representing US Department of State and USAID met Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe at Headquarters SF-J in Palaly on Monday (06) morning.

Regional Refugee Coordinator from the office of Population, Refugees and migration, US Department of State Ms. Amanda Jacobsen, Regional Advisor for South Asia Ms. Andrea Tracy and Disaster Assistance Officer of USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in the USA along with two other officials met the SF-J Commander to get themselves updated about the security situation and development programmes in post-conflict Jaffna. Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe during his presentation highlighted the Army’s commitment to upgrading living standard of needy families in Jaffna through various community-based projects.

Special attention was paid by the visiting officials on livelihood projects such as crab fattening and aloe Vera farming initiated by the Headquarters SF-J for reintegrated Ex-LTTE combatants in Kayts and Vadamarachchi areas.

Army’s commitment towards promoting life standard of civilians was appreciated by the US officials.

“Army is reducing its troops in Jaffna as the civil administration is now in effect in Jaffna under a Government Agent and Army is gradually reducing the troops further in future,” said Jaffna Commander.

The visiting US officials were briefed on accelerated de-mining in the peninsula has completed more that 98% of affected lands and removing mines in the remaining areas, mainly former FDL along Nagarkovil and Muhamalai has become little difficult due to unprecedented number of mines scattered in the area by the LTTE during their dominance in those areas.

Subsequently, they set for Jaffna to continue with their itinerary.

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