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Sri Lanka Army on Wednesday (11) said that no one can challenge or dispute the right of the Sri Lanka army to be serving anywhere in the country.

“No one can challenge or dispute the right of the Army to be serving anywhere in the country. It is their prerogative and area of responsibility. The public in Jaffna overwhelmingly support the Army presence and they know very well it is the Army who will come to their help in the event of any emergency. I don’t think the Jaffna public would ever dare to allow the Army to move out in any case,” Army Chief Jagath Jayasuriya told media this evening in Colombo.

The Commander made this comment responding to a question, that troops in the Jaffna peninsula remain confined to their military formations, performing their routine legitimate duties, similar to the roles and tasks of any other Army.

“Like any other Army in the world, we, in the Army as directed by the government have thrown our full weight behind the country’s post-conflict recovery machine and infrastructure development tasks and roles. It has been amply proved that our commitment for any development project could perform comparatively much faster and more effective than any other civil organization could do. Everywhere in the world, the armies play a vital role in post-conflict situations and Sri Lanka remains no exception”, the Commander said.

The commander was addressing a press conference on the forthcoming international defence seminar to be held in Colombo next month said that more than 63 countries in the world have been invited to attend the three-day ‘Defence Seminar - 2012’ in Colombo with a view to sharing and discussing post-conflict experiences on the road to recovery and reconciliatory moves, designed for long-lasting peace and stability.

“Final arrangements are now in progress to hold the Army-initiated international ‘Defence Seminar - 2012’, titled ‘Towards Lasting Peace and Stability’ from August 08-10, 2012 at Colombo Galadari Hotel and it is focused on the thematic 5Rs (Reconstruction, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Reintegration, Reconciliation) in post-conflict Sri Lanka,” he said.

By yesterday, a total of 24 representatives from 14 countries have already confirmed their participation in the deliberations. In addition, a few more dozens of other foreign destinations are in close contact with the Army for onward arrangements, the commander.(SD)


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  • weeray Friday, 13 July 2012 03:04 AM

    Don't forget that we suffered 30 years from bloody terrorist, and we don't want that devels to rise up again. Sorry Ezlini , S.L Brave Army will stay any part of the country for the sake of peace loving public.

    Anti-Boru Friday, 13 July 2012 04:06 AM

    Nodrog:
    One little problem: it is the Army that is involved in nefarious activities, is it not?

    hansan Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:58 PM

    Army is for the whole of Sri Lanka no one can Dispute or requiest to change that.

    varuna Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:49 PM

    Really??? who do you want to be there????? tamil tigers again.... in your dreams...........

    Roi Thursday, 12 July 2012 06:29 AM

    GOOF"

    Appuhamy Thursday, 12 July 2012 06:48 AM

    Bad luck Mr Ezhilini. As long as the threat of the Terrorists is there, the Army and all other Military will stay in any part of the country. All parts of Sri Lanka belong to Sri Lankans - and Sri Lanka's military has the right to be present in any part of the country whether you like it or not.

    andSF Thursday, 12 July 2012 06:51 AM

    and SF

    anslam de silva Thursday, 12 July 2012 06:46 AM

    If we say all Tamils must go from south ?????

    And how about whether Tamil tiger's presence in the area and will you able to write the same comments???

    Army must be PRESENCE every where in the country one ary one nation one president

    Captain Thursday, 12 July 2012 06:50 AM

    Slaute to our Sri Lankan army and forces for a job well done.
    Keep up the strong commitment towards lasting peace in our paradise on isle. Lets not me intimated by so called world critics. We are behind you all the way sir!!!!!

    Dias PORA Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:15 AM

    How many army men are there 18,000 or 180,000?

    common sence Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:22 AM

    Its LTTE supporters who cry that they don't want Army presence in Jaffna. If Army is their it is difficult for them to carry out their terriorist activities. Nomal citizens want to live in peace.

    Jeevan Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:17 AM

    Ask SF,he will tell you about him! Who is the true soldier?

    raj Wednesday, 11 July 2012 07:34 PM

    Gadaffi, Saddam are all army men- what happened to them?

    HiranG Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:28 AM

    The point is not about 'the rights of the Army'. It is all about how we win the hearts of the minority whilst protecting the country. I think you are missing the point by a few miles- just like the politicians!

    Johne Wednesday, 11 July 2012 08:14 PM

    Good moove "Good Luck" Sir

    Human Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:57 AM

    How it happen? what happen now?

    kumar Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:58 AM

    Atom bomb is the only solution!

    Human Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:59 AM

    Whats the point?

    Sri Minnal Friday, 13 July 2012 06:50 AM

    THose who ruled the country by armed forces have end up in disaster. Democracy is the best solution.

    Moron Wednesday, 11 July 2012 10:31 PM

    You look a little bit like Hardy!!!!!

    truth Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:48 AM

    As long as they behave like human beings, people will not mind.

    P.L.J.B.Palipana Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:41 AM

    THANKS!

    Ezhilini Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:59 AM

    Utter lie. I am a JAffna citizen. I don t want Army's presence on our roads. Checkings, Round ups, Disappearings, Abductions, NEw temples. We don t need them. Please leave us.

    willows Thursday, 12 July 2012 09:05 AM

    yes absolutely correct

    esbee Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:18 AM

    You are a true soldier. Those who are trying to dictate terms to our country and so called NGO and political parties MUST realise that Sri Lankan Govt is not a puppet state.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:36 AM

    Absolutely!

    bandula Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:55 AM

    To maintain law and order YES DEFINITELY. to disrupt law and order and to rob archaeological treasure. DEFINITELY NOT

    Nodrog Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:58 AM

    It's those involved in under-hand business that want the Army out so they can resort to their nefarious activities unhindered.

    Sunil Lanka Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:26 AM

    Very powerful armys of Lybia, Iraq had to eventually humbled by people. So they have to listen to people for power origin is people and not the priminister or president

    mahesh fernando from Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:43 AM

    No one can and no one should. Dear Commander, keep our country safe from terrorists.

    Mario Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:41 AM

    Whether it be army or president,nobody is above the people and the laws that are made to protect them.Tone of his speech is not encouraging at all.


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