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By Gandhya Senanayake

More than 1800 sq kms have been cleared of landmines so far and 2000 sq kms remain to be cleared, Military spokesman Major General Ubaya Madawela told Daily Mirror online

Major General Madawela added that approximately 314850 land mines have so far been removed from former battle zones in the North and resettlement of those areas has also taken place.  

Further he noted that the remaining land which included jungle areas and farming land needed to be cleared so as to enable the resettled persons to continues their livelihoods and live without hindrance in a safe environment.

Army demining teams along with local and international teams are conducting clearing work in the north. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Randheera Kumarasing Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:35 AM

    Well done,, however this is from the sweat and hard work of the bravest and professional military man of entire mother lanka - General Sarath Fonseka...

    Top Sri Lankan Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:41 AM

    Good , perfect timing for the politicians to move in .

    Dilan Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:42 AM

    Looks like its taking forever !

    micky Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:10 AM

    How did he involve in clearing land mines?
    aah may be he has given orders to military men to remove land mines... :P

    Ranjit Thursday, 21 October 2010 12:09 PM

    Government can have the next cabinet meeting in the uncleared area for the benefit of the country.

    Managala Thursday, 21 October 2010 12:18 PM

    Good Job Hope rest of the areas will be cleared and as a country we can use this land for useful development works

    Nandimithra Thursday, 21 October 2010 12:29 PM

    What benefit to us - tamasha for the Ministers in helicopters & SUVs at our (taxpayers) expense. What benefit from last Cabinet meeting at Kilinochchi has resulted to anyone of us??

    sam Thursday, 21 October 2010 12:34 PM

    happy to hear that,

    ranil Thursday, 21 October 2010 01:57 PM

    Very good news but this still doesn't make the areas 100% safe just yet. It will take many more years to completely remove every single land mine after decades of war. All we have cleared so far are identified mines...there are thousands of un accounted mines waiting to what they were designed to do


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