was compelled to recruit members to the Army in large numbers
to fight terrorists who attempted to capture nearly one third
of the country encompassing more than two thirds of the coastal
belt. For the reason that war is over, government cannot send
those soldiers, who dedicatedly fought the terrorism, home and
they have to be housed within the country. Jaffna is one part
of Sri Lanka. However, number of troops present in Jaffna is lesser
comparing to some districts in the island. Nevertheless, some
parties and media for political reasons are trying to exaggerate
this number”, Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General
Mahinda Hathurusinghe revealed these facts during his meeting
with the OHCHR (Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights)
officials on visit to Jaffna on Monday (17).
to Sri Lanka Her Excellency Michelle Sison and a team of diplomatic
officials of the US embassy paid a curtsey call on the Commander
Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
on Tuesday (18) morning.
Sison, on her first visit to the Headquarters SF-J, Palaly received
a warm welcome on her arrival and was offered opportunity to acquire
more information on Jaffna and its present situation during a
meeting with the SF-J Commander.
Hathurusinghe told the Ambassador that Jaffna on fast development
track and people are engaged in agriculture, fishing and trade
without any hindrance. He said that civil administration is fully
functional in Jaffna and the Army has now withdrawn from maintaining
law and order in the peninsula and Police is dispensing duties
maintaining peace and law and order.
ambassador was enlightened on the amiable Civil Military Coordination
prevailing in Jaffna and measures the Army has taken to assist
Jaffna populace initiating numerous welfare projects to uplift
their economy, health and education, and the assistance that Army
extended in a greater way in government’s effort in resettlement
in Jaffna which was successfully completed. He further said that
future of many Ex-LTTE combatants has been made safe through livelihood
projects launched for them by the Army.
After a cordial
meeting with the Commander SF-J, HE Michelle Sison left Palaly
to continue with the rest of her itinerary.