State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene today said that the government will not agree to remove Army camps in the Northern Province even though some people were holding demonstrations demanding to do so.
While commenting on the ‘Eluga Tamil’ (Let Tamils Rise!) demonstrations organized by the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) led by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, the Defence State Minister said when the government is putting its utmost effort to establish reconciliation among the races and religions, such extremist activities cannot be accepted.
He said this at a Commencing Ceremony of a Junior School Force Training Programme in Rantembe.
“A harthal was organized by Northern Province CM and some extremist groups demanding the Army camps be removed. The protesters demand us not to build temples and settle foreigners there. We would like to stress that, the government will not remove our Army camps,” he said.
He further said that whatever the demand the protesters come up with, the government will go ahead with its reconciliation process.
As a government, the minister said they would join all the nations in the country for the development plan in coming years.
He also reiterated that the government will not leave opponents to pose a threat to national security and peace that has been established in the country.
“We are not afraid of their challenges. They can protest and shout as all they want. Despite the obstacles created by them, the government will not return in this correct path,” State Minister Wijewardene stressed. (Ranjith Karunaweera)
Mevan Sunday, 25 September 2016 16:37
Majority of Tamil people are not fools. They know the price that will have to be paid for any more wars. But it is the Govt and other Sinhala parties who have to extend the hands of friendship to the north. However nobody should mistake patience as cowardice.
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Ravi Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:18
After General Election Hon. Mahinda and his 55 laks of voters gathered against the present rulers.Asking for what ? But at the same time minority asks for their rights means , it is wrong. First of all must understand the route cause for these.Minister Ruwan seems to be clueless..
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ziyard Sunday, 25 September 2016 16:44
Don't remove camps but don't settle Sinhalese or build Buddha statutes,only solution is a federal one
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Jaya Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:16
This is a clear signal of things to expect in the near future. If anything, need to bolster military spending and presence in the North!
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Maya Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:48
The government should be commented for keeping the Army at Barracks. Good signs of freedom enjoy by the Northerners under Yahapalanaya.
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Bandu Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:01
Hon. Minister you are perfectly correct. The government should have defense military camps all over the island. We have so many camps in Western Province, do we claim that the government should remove them, no. Why shouldn't Sinhalese people live in north and east. Sinhalese never claim that the Tamils and Muslims should be chased out from the other part of the country. All the communities should live happily in all the parts of the country. This is one country and all races should live peacefully.
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Suman Monday, 26 September 2016 10:34
Bandu you have already chased Tamils from other area , look back the history in 1950s,1970s, and 1980s. If you do know ask your parents or Grand parents.
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Sri Lankan Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:25
Others can co-exist with Sinhalese. No federal states ONLY by the central Government.
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Dave Sunday, 25 September 2016 18:35
Well said Hon. Minister. We Sri Lankans expected this statement from the Government.
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