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Troops will remain at strategic locations-Gota

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Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said though the military presence in the north had been drastically reduced, troops would continue to remain at strategic locations for security reasons but their presence will be non-intrusive.

“The number of troops deployed and the number of camps remaining in the North and East has also been reduced to a bare minimum. Twenty eight battalions have been relocated in the South and East. The overall number of troops in the North has been reduced by more than 21,000 since 2009.

Troops will remain in strategic locations for security purposes, but their presence will be non-intrusive. The day-to-day maintenance of law and order has been handed over to the police,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

He made these comments speaking at the inaugural sessions of the ‘Defence Seminar 2012’ for lasting peace and stability with special focus on ‘Reconstruction, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Reconciliation (5Rs)’ at Colombo Galadari Hotel. Several state administrators, academics, military leaders and resource personnel from here and abroad attended.

Mr. Rajapaksa speaking on the 5Rs described the ample gains that had been made by the government with the active support of the Army, which has now transformed from their fighting roles to protector roles.

The Army-initiated seminar held for the second successive year was attended by about 300 delegates, drawn from more than 43 countries including representatives from US, India, Pakistan, UK, China, Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia.

Mr. Rajapaksa spoke of the various challenges and obstacles that had to be overcome in the implementation of the programme for restoration of normalcy in the North and East.

 
 

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-63+63 # bonnie mallie 2012-08-08 15:54
Another seminar !! How much is spent on this seminar? How about using this money to feed some of the poor.... or are you'll waiting for all of the poor to get on a boat and go to Australia?
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-9+32 # Nodrog 2012-08-08 20:32
As long as its on someone else's account they want the best. Eg: Rambukewela stayed at a cheap hotel in Australia because it was at his expense.
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-4+11 # Sam 2012-08-09 08:14
Unfortunately world we live believe what people say loud….. Not quietly do….. So we are witnessing media shows everyday
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-10+17 # RuwanL 2012-08-09 08:31
He has to have seminars to educate the dumb foreign representatives who support the diaspora in foreign lands!
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-92+58 # Bagalawathie 2012-08-08 15:55
Go Gota Go. You are our saviour. God bless you.
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-45+17 # Senna 2012-08-08 21:59
He is truly our savier, legend. Expenses now on seminars are nothing when compared to war period.
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-7+4 # malkanthi 2012-08-09 15:27
Bravo his speech is superb, excellency and convincing strongly recommend if this same this trend continues outside the podium it will be a blessing.
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-59+62 # wasanthi 2012-08-08 16:02
good. move. we must be watch these LTTE sleepers more carefully.
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-47+53 # Dadoriya 2012-08-08 16:02
There should be no army for civilians activities. This is common sense. If there is too may members in for forces, decommission or release them. This is what is done in other civilized countries.
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-36+40 # Singhe 2012-08-08 16:34
Is that why the UK is using solders who returned from afghanistan for Olympic security?
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-21+56 # Ruvin 2012-08-08 17:27
They are using them for 'security' not to sell vegetables or to build roads or to give university students military training or for flying tourists or for whale watching etc. Those task should be done by civillians. The more the military gets involved in civillian matters the more our freedoms will get eroded. It will end up like Egypt, Libya and Syria where the only institution that was left was the military. Do we want that happening to our country? I say no
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-34+20 # Gemini 2012-08-08 21:01
Never ever decommission our forces. They are bread and butter of our nation. Use them to develop the Country. KEEP THEM MARCHING, just in case.
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-14+15 # Dadoriya 2012-08-08 23:13
High cost low quality labour. The main drain on Sri Lanka economy?
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-6+8 # alex 2012-08-09 10:03
Gemini-do you understand the meaning of bread and butter
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-36+58 # Sarneris 2012-08-08 16:08
LTTE has changed their war tactics. Better keep a close watch
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-8+6 # alex 2012-08-09 10:04
keeping a close watch by organizing a seminar???
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-29+40 # Dadoriya 2012-08-08 16:20
Need to know as who is bearing the cost for the delegates from the 43 countries.
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-7+28 # Arun 2012-08-08 16:34
Statement is good and we have to be more vigilant. But the place at which the statement is made is questionable. Why spend so much on seminar, unless he got it free.
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-32+48 # sahdi 2012-08-08 16:37
WHAT IS A MEETING WITH CARDBOARD HEROS WITHOUT OUR GENERAL MR.SARATH FONSEKA
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-14+14 # Senaratne 2012-08-09 00:01
So everyone else who played their part is cardboard but your traitor is all gutts and glory ? LMAO !
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-9+9 # Gamarala 2012-08-09 00:24
Meeharakpatiyo. SF good and he got Bad with
Western Mafia.
Canterbury help.
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-16+20 # Saskia 2012-08-08 18:05
You said that the number of army personal has been reduced in north. Where did you send them then? To their home as long leave or have they been moved to other camps? Anyway, it is a good move. We will see it when we visit Jaffna next time.
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-6+5 # Chandana Fernando 2012-08-09 10:42
Please dont visit again. It is no good for the country or yourself because you never see the positive side of something
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-36+26 # Kondebandapucheena 2012-08-08 18:20
Not a single solider should move back from North.
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-3+14 # senavi 2012-08-08 20:11
development of a sound technology capabilities and know how is very important for defense as well as the economy. Right now we have to depend on foreigners for everything down to carpenter nails.
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-16+14 # wickremasinghe dilip 2012-08-08 21:03
The troops should remain in the north and the east.Ido not see why ,this should bother the peac loving people,if they are truly loving the peace. A lot of people have already forgotton what we went through,the last thirty years.I get the feeling,that some of the comments are from newly born ADULTS.(like the new rich).
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-24+20 # Upul Gunawardena 2012-08-08 21:05
The LTTE threat is not totally wiped out in SL. They are openly active outside SL, but only like amber under the ashes and can burst into action if no checks are kept. Therefore in my opinion Military should keep an eye on active LTTER’s released.
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-30+22 # peeda mossa 2012-08-08 21:18
I like your style, sir. Straight and simple, and no mincing words. Please don't relax security and intelligence gathering. We can't afford another war !
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-13+10 # Jena 2012-08-09 08:22
before the war , during the war , after the war - Not much for the Tamils.. but things are getting even worse..
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-15+11 # Jambalaya 2012-08-09 08:51
Agree with you Mr. GR. We should keep the military as long as it is needed till the diaspora tire themselves out of achieving tamil eelam
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-5+9 # jayantha 2012-08-09 10:58
Hope the Galadari Hotel make some money because of this conference, poor mans EPF is one of the biggest stake holders of this hotel.
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-6+5 # vignesh 2012-08-09 12:28
if you keep troops in sri lankan government land ,that is fine .who care where troops camps is.Still troops using private property as troops camps and at north
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-3+8 # Sad Sri Lankan 2012-08-09 14:14
I have one question going out to our so called patriots..We won the WAR..But have we won PEACE ?

Give it some thought & I think a lot of our attitudes will change.
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