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25 May 2012 12:31 am - 24     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Britain said that it hopes that the military presence in the North and East of Sri Lanka can move to resemble that in other parts of Sri Lanka.

British High Commissioner in Colombo John Rankin in a video on the Human Rights and Democracy (HRD) Annual Report released by the Foreign Office on 30 April this year and the human rights situation in Sri Lanka with reference to LLRC report, he said that … “the UK recognized that there will be normal military camps throughout the country as is the case even in the UK. We hope that the military presence in the North and East of the country can move to resemble that in other parts of Sri Lanka rather than the very large military presence which it continues to have at the moment in the Jaffna and the Wanni.”

  Comments - 24

  • Gayan Friday, 25 May 2012 08:25 AM

    Laying the groundwork for a another bloodbath.

    Ham Palace Friday, 25 May 2012 01:05 PM

    Yes,Sri Lanka should honour this by removing military and put same personnel under different uniforms and perhaps name like British do in London!

    Vas Friday, 25 May 2012 04:03 AM

    Rankin knows that the security forces are committing criminal offences in north and east.

    Fair N Squarea Friday, 25 May 2012 04:35 PM

    WELL SAID... I was about to state the same facts...Little does the WEST realize that they too can rein in their forces in Afghanistan and Iraq ... They were NOT invited by the Iraqi or Afghan people. They were Invaded.. and still abuse the rights of the locals... Idiots have freaking double standards.. Sooner than later, they will taste their own medicine....

    buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 04:36 AM

    The terrorist threat still persists in Afgan and Iraq while the LTTE has been completely wiped out in SL.

    pee da mossa Friday, 25 May 2012 06:06 PM

    May I remind you, Rankin, that Sri Lanka is not a British colony, and you are not its viceroy.

    Jegath Friday, 25 May 2012 06:18 PM

    Terrorist threats from where Mr LankaMan?
    Can have increaased presence of Tamil speaking Police in the North if it has returned to Civil Rule. No point in telling the world that there is civil Rule, Terrorism vanquished and Inviting Diaspora back to Jaffna while Maintaining Military Presence.

    Mike Samson Friday, 25 May 2012 05:02 AM

    It's not anybody's business to tell any country how to manage their country's security and defense system. Mr. Rankin, try telling this to the US or Israel.

    Sanka Dee Friday, 25 May 2012 06:57 PM

    Please do not put your fungure in to others business.This is our country. Let us decide What we have to do with regard to our security.Let our leaders decide that not you "Brits"

    some one Friday, 25 May 2012 05:14 AM

    How do you know ? Do you have any contacts.

    Nodrog Friday, 25 May 2012 05:20 AM

    But the disapora is trying their best to raise the ugly head of terrorism again so we have to be prepared.

    kndylamissi Friday, 25 May 2012 10:39 PM

    But these Unarrested ...still at large.This is why we need the military,otherwise you ...will again tear our lovely country to bits.
    UK can warn the US if they have the might for dropping Cluster Bombs in IRAQ to kill one single person.

    Hussain Friday, 25 May 2012 11:03 PM

    Our troops are in our own country and we are not illegally occupying any other country. Where do you expect our troops to be except, in the trouble spots in our own country. That is the purview of the GO/SL and no one else.

    patriotic Friday, 25 May 2012 05:36 AM

    North and East is a core are which Terrorism was in operation and North and East should have the maximum security than the other areas of SL .

    Who can guarantee the security of N&E if the government remove the security from N&E their will be no uprising of terrorism again.

    Baila Maila Friday, 25 May 2012 05:35 AM

    You hit the nail on the head.
    The country cannot be complacent after the 30-year war. While addressing problems faced by all sections of the population, the authorities should be alive to the threat of terrorist activities resuming in the North and the East.
    The British do not understand the ground situation and anyway this is not part of Britain anymore.

    Candidly Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:07 AM

    Does the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to UK give his views about UK troops in Northern Ireland? No, it's none of his business. Same for UK views about SL. None of their business.

    citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 07:08 AM

    u have quickly forgotten the past

    sundram Friday, 25 May 2012 11:32 AM

    did we have such military presence in the south during JVP uprisal in 1970s

    Rohan Friday, 25 May 2012 12:07 PM

    There are tamil terrorists still hiding and this is a known fact. So it is wise to protect Sri Lankans in the North. There are lots of Sinhalese as well as Tamils and Muslims in Jaffna.
    What democracy is John talking. British Prime Minister is fighting to keep Scotland together and not wanting a division. Why can't John give his knowledgable opinion and help David Cameron?

    Lankan Man Friday, 25 May 2012 12:55 AM

    Do you know why western countries have military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq? Terrorist threats. Our country has the same problem. Terrorist threats. Do you now understand why there large presence of military there.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 25 May 2012 01:58 AM

    It did resemble three years ago.

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