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Army denies withdrawing its formations in North and East

24 June 2018 11:02 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka army said some political elements are attempting to put the national security at risk by misleading the public on the grounds that the Army is in the process of withdrawing its formations in the North and East and downsizing its strength.

 “A canard, born out of some utterances, reportedly made by disgruntled political elements has been desperately attempting to mislead the public. We have not taken any such decision, nor has it contemplated implementing a move of that nature at all as alleged by those elements who try to showcase that ‘they’ are more patriotic than members of the armed forces in the country.,” the Army said.

The Army while continuing amalgamation process without closing down any camp in the North and East maintains combat readiness and efficiency in combat at all times at strategic and operational level and is always committed to enhance its efficiency at all levels.

The army said in a statement that many in the civil society have no understanding on some of the military parlance, like amalgamation/combat efficiency. Similarly, the Army currently engaged in its annual recruitment drive plans to recruit 213 Officers and 8631 other rankers to the Regular Force and 97 officers and 4252 other rankers to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force for the year 2018.        

“The Army which has brought peace to this country after so many years would be the happiest in peacetime and is committed all the time to safeguard the national security interests of the country on a priority basis than anyone else. It is therefore requested that those ‘supper’ patriots to desist from bringing this unique organization to public ridicule by spreading blatant lies and misleading false information,” the Army said.

  Comments - 11

  • d.upul Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:10 PM

    Take immediate action who spread such rumors.

    JuniorCitizen Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:55 PM

    Good. This country is not ready to survive without a military presence. Also is it not possible to "recruit" these anti-SAITM jobless fellows and knock some sense into them while giving them a job to do instead of just blocking Colombo roads?

    Dee Sunday, 24 June 2018 03:31 PM

    You nuts? Give those idiots military training and they won't know whom and what to defend.

    paths Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:57 PM


    Land Sunday, 24 June 2018 02:34 PM

    Recruit the unemployed Tamil graduates into the police force. Get the army back into barracks as in foreign countries. Withdraw the army from private citizens dwellings.

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 24 June 2018 02:46 PM

    Good that Sri Lanka is a democracy and not a military dictatorship. In this country, the government still has to decide and not the military.

    Selvendran Sunday, 24 June 2018 02:46 PM

    Many hundreds of land properties of the Jaffna Middle Class Tamils had been taken over by the LTTE and distributed to its own supporters. But when the owners go to get back their land,the illegal LTTE occupants are threatening the owners with violence. The Police and the Army in Jaffna are unwilling to help the owners recover their properties.

    Barana Sunday, 24 June 2018 04:00 PM

    The army may be patriotic, but when it is headed by a political establishment with people like mangala and rajitha in it, who knows what stupid decisions, they will come to... ?

    Ceylon Sunday, 24 June 2018 05:03 PM

    Whats this joke.if military is not there,its not srilankan teritory.its lanka territary as far as military there.this is artificial a referundom and create true countries without depend on military.

    Criminal Sunday, 24 June 2018 07:22 PM

    So called patriot wanna be's @ their best. Former regime chief and his henchmen dont seem to ready for peace .They just want see different ethnic groups tie their hands and go forward as one nation . Divide we loose ,Together as one we win.

    Gus Sunday, 08 July 2018 05:51 PM

    The best way to develop and make the Sinhalas rich is to allow massive foreign investment by the sri lanka tamil diaspora and then start a riots and loot all their investment.and kill the tamisl. This wll be consistent with past Sinhala practice but now that the tamil diaspora is exteremely wealty nad this will teach the tamil diaspora a lesson that working hard and making money is not a good idea

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