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Amid claims that the Army has no plans to acquire lands in Jaffna to establish camps, the military said it would acquire only a limited extent of land to expand the Palaly Airport and the Kankesanthurai Harbour, which are being expanded.

Jaffna Security Forces Commander Mahinda Hathurusinghe said this during a meeting with British High Commissioner John Rankin on Monday.

Mr. Rankin who was accompanied by political officer Asma Edris are in Jaffna on a two-day visit.

He commended the Army’s role in helping ex-LTTE combatants and the war-affected civilians in post war Jaffna and inquired about the alleged acquisition of lands by the Army.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe rejected these allegations and described them as exaggerated reporting by the media with a hidden agenda.

“Military presence in Jaffna has been gradually reduced after the war ended in 2009 while the remaining troops are engaged in humanitarian activities and development programmes. Like everywhere else in Sri the Army is essential for national security and only a required number of troops will remain in Jaffna. Troop reduction will be based on the security situation. The Army does not want to face a security risk similar to what happened in the 1980s,” Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe said.
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  • Sam Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:17 AM

    Why there are no elections in the North? A Provincial Council working with the Central Government should have conducted these acquisitions.

    Kondeybendapucheena Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:02 PM

    Whole Srilanka belongs to All Sri Lankans no matter where it is Jaffna or Hamabnthota

    bandara Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:39 AM

    the issue is about who should legally acquire land and not to whom Sri Lanka belongs. As far as I know the army is not legally entitled to do so, the GOSL has to do it for the army.

    Ezhilini Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:39 AM

    WHy don t you donate them your land? and Jaffna land was not owned by LTTE. There are Sri LAnkan Citizens who own the land.

    RAJU Wednesday, 11 July 2012 04:51 AM

    BIG LIE, HE IS TRYING TO JUSTIFY THEIR SECRET ACTIONS.

    Sammy Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:11 AM

    Just because they defeated the LTTE does not mean they have the moral right to acquire land. What relevance has the victory got to do with acquisition of land. This is not a military dictatorship, I guess!

    The Judge Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:12 AM

    Army is not empowered to acquire the lands on their own. There is a Ministry to do that. Acquiring private land puts the people under stress after the war in a mess.

    Ram Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:33 AM

    Hi K.........cheena, First of all study and understand the civilized state and Military state.

    shantha madawelas Wednesday, 11 July 2012 05:55 AM

    now trying to cheat commissioner also......

    Saskia Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:21 AM

    First, give your own land to Army.

    vaidy Wednesday, 11 July 2012 06:31 AM

    Army should leave the Palaly Airport for civilian Aircrafts and develop as an International Airport and build a Military Airport in Delft acqiring the whole island if necessary and leave the peninsula for the civilians

    bonnie mallie Tuesday, 10 July 2012 09:58 AM

    Why is the Army acquring the land? Isn't the government that should be acquring the land to construct the airport? There is a big difference between the Army and the government acquring it - Unless we are a military state !!

    Fusion Wednesday, 11 July 2012 07:18 AM

    Sagara Nirmal , please donate your house & land to the disabled solders of the SLA in that case. You would be doing a great service to your country.

    Sagara Nirmal Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:53 PM

    Even if the army aquire land, what is wrong with that . It was the SL Army who liberated Jaffna from the LTTE.

    CW Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:00 AM

    Bonnie, Common sense prevails, Army belongs to the Govt of SL, whether it is MR, SF, RW or Sampanthan the leader.

    bonnie mallie Tuesday, 10 July 2012 11:11 AM

    CW... The government is made up of ministers too...does that mean ministers also can acquire anything they want? Army is not set up for acquring land !!


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