No decision to withdraw army camps from north, east, says PM

No decision to withdraw army camps from north, east, says PM

June 23, 2015   10:38 pm

The Sri Lankan Government has not made any decision to withdraw military camps from war-torn north and east provinces of the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today. 

Wickremesinghe said the decision to withdraw camps is left to the Army to take. 

“When such decisions would be made Parliament would be duly informed,” he said. 

Tamil groups have been raising concerns over the militarisation of the north and east provinces after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009. 

The Prime Minister was responding to a query by opposition concerning the military camp at Sampur in the eastern port district of Trincomalee. 

Wickremesinghe said the withdrawal of the Sampur camp had been done on the basis of a decision taken by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government. 

Sampur is the location of the Sampur coal power plant which is a joint India-Sri Lanka venture. 

Former Rajapaksa government had resisted calls for deescalation of military presence, citing national security. 

Since Rajapaksa’s defeat in the January presidential elections, the new government has taken confidence building measures towards the Tamil minority by releasing privately-owned lands acquired for military purposes during the three decades old armed separatist conflict. (PTI)


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