It was Mahinda who shutdown the army camps, says Kabir Hashim

It was Mahinda who shutdown the army camps, says Kabir Hashim

June 14, 2015   05:23 pm

The government on Sunday (14) dismissed allegations that 59 army camps in the Tamil majority Northern Province were shut down after the election victory at the last presidential election. 

Issuing a statement, UNP General Secretary and Minister Kabir Hashim said that these army camps were shutdown during the previous government. 

However, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday alleged that 59 Lankan army camps were shut down by his successor government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In a letter addressed to participants in a “Bring Back Mahinda Rally” at Matara in South Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa said he was “shocked” by the development.

Rajapaksa charged that the withdrawal had taken place at a time when Eelam flags had reappeared in the North, indicating a possible revival of terrorism.

The former president said the present government is compromising on national security by suggesting the release of LTTE cadre in custody, and holding discussions with people like former Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim, who, he alleged, is trying to revive Tamil separatism.

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