Gotabaya says North is not militarised

6 February 2012 04:09 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stoutly denied he was militarising the northern region and insisted troops “are maintaining absolutely essential presence” and were spread across all 22 districts on the island.
 
He was responding to the charge by Tamil parties and the diaspora that army camps flooded the north even after the government won the war over 30 months ago and no civilian activity — not even family celebrations — could happen without the presence of an army officer.
 
“We have achieved large-scale development and restoration of normalcy within a short span after ending the 30-year war on terror.
 
It’s sad that some people do not recognise this and instead are talking of sanctions against us. Is this fair and justified?” Mr. Rajapaksa, the influential brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told DC in an interview at his high-security office in Colombo. (Source: The Asian Age)

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  • Nodrog Monday, 06 February 2012 06:44 AM

    After the JVP violent era the forces were stationed in the South for a while till things settled down but we did not make any fuss. After 30yrs of war the North and East will take a while to settle so till then not a bad idea to have a military presence. So why make a fuss?

    gajan99 Tuesday, 07 February 2012 01:55 AM

    Yes Sir. You are right.

    Aristotle Monday, 06 February 2012 04:33 AM

    Yes sir, for countries who do not care for the rights of the people sanction are not only justified but also essential.

    shan Monday, 06 February 2012 04:34 AM

    20% of Total Army is in Jaffna District is not Militarization.What about balance 24 District?

    mohan Monday, 06 February 2012 05:06 AM

    could your please give district wise Civilian : armed force Ratio

    Ding Dong Monday, 06 February 2012 05:00 AM

    Ohh Really? From when?

    Appu Monday, 06 February 2012 05:39 AM

    Why SL cannot put its forces anywhere within the country if US is able to estbilish bases all over the world?


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