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Britain said that it is concerned at military involvement in commercial and other civil activities, such as education, tourism, and agriculture, and the occupation of land in high security zones in north of Sri Lanka.
 
In response to a question Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire told British Parliament, “Though military drawback is evident in some areas, we are concerned at military involvement in commercial and other civil activities, such as education, tourism, and agriculture, and the occupation of land in high security zones. We will continue to raise this issue with members of the Sri Lankan Government, and press the need for the military not to partake in civil activities.”
 
Speaking about the lands issue in the north of the country, Swire said, “in Sri Lanka, multiple displacements of different groups and individuals have occurred over many years resulting in competing claims on the same land. Our most recent Human Rights Report highlights that there are increased reports of land takeovers in Tamil areas. The Sri Lankan Government have recently given assurances that the military would return some private land in the north within the next few months.”
 
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  • Jayasiri Thursday, 19 December 2013 04:04 PM

    Trying to drum up support for March resolution on a false pretext.

    dalubanda Friday, 20 December 2013 05:48 AM

    Sri Lanka is very concern of UK involvement in Bombing of Libiya, Iraq and its intention to Bomb Siriya.

    lucky peiris Friday, 20 December 2013 09:47 AM

    you are a really modaya

    lucky peiris Friday, 20 December 2013 09:49 AM

    all what he said is true for you to seek asylum in europe

    lucky peiris Friday, 20 December 2013 09:52 AM

    good britain? please check your brain

    kapruka Friday, 20 December 2013 06:18 AM

    Halo minister handover adela balasingham( killer women ) and suren surendren (muderer) and other terrorist fund rises to the sri lanka state
    for killing of thousands of Sinhalese and muslims

    lucky peiris Friday, 20 December 2013 09:54 AM

    oh british please help us to get asyllum in europe.ha ha haaaaa.SHAME to you ram you are a really ram

    Anticleon Friday, 20 December 2013 06:29 AM

    lol. so the military cant grow vegetables? a violation of human rights? these british are clowns.

    paul watt Friday, 20 December 2013 06:37 AM

    Military involvement with civilian activities is to have military powers and spying for the Govt Gundas.

    Good Britain should press hard on this issue further.

    modaya Friday, 20 December 2013 12:40 AM

    FALSE? Come on, what the man says is TRUE. Denials has become a habit?

    Vic Friday, 20 December 2013 10:29 AM

    Occupation of land and High security zones must be removed and normal democratic civil society should be encouraged to thrive in North, British will help achieve that, I believe.

    mota Friday, 20 December 2013 10:34 AM

    when soldiers get married to tamils, they too become tamil. that is not the solution. there should be enough military camps in north to make sure terrorism will not raise its head again. soldiers should do military work not digging shit drains of rajapkkas.

    Lakshi Dias Friday, 20 December 2013 07:13 AM

    Well Tru wat most ppl say..UK should find their faults 1st

    Rudimental Friday, 20 December 2013 01:50 AM

    The whole country is militarised and corrupt. People are starving and the country is poor.

    mahesh Friday, 20 December 2013 03:26 AM

    are we still under the british. our forces should be able to do what they have been asked to do within any part of sri lanka and oursiders have no say in this

    ram Friday, 20 December 2013 08:24 AM

    yes we need your involvement to come of this military involvement in our day to day life please help us..

    Fayad Friday, 20 December 2013 03:32 AM

    In Afghanistan UK military involvement in civilian life's is not a concern for the world ????????

    Sam Friday, 20 December 2013 03:35 AM

    Withdraw the Military from around the word that you have occupied, and inform your best friend to do that too. then we can comply to the standard set out by so called international community. Why only Sri Lanka need to do it without you complying to your own rules.

    Northern man Friday, 20 December 2013 08:34 AM

    Thank you for speaking on our behalf. All what you said is true.

    srinath.gunaratne Friday, 20 December 2013 08:55 AM

    Army involvement in business is very bad in any civil society.
    But that does not mean Army should vacate North. North must have a considerable minority of Sinhalese to counter balance.
    This will teach Tamils in North co habitation with other communities. We already see soldiers getting married to Tamil girls. This is a good trend.


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