Govt hasn’t removed army camps endangering national security: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the government has not removed army camps endangering or weakening the national security or in a way which will have an impact on the security forces.

He added that the government has taken steps to release the lands, which were acquired during the war period for army camps and are not needed for the three Armed forces at present. We have returned them to the people in the North and East and in the future too lands in that conditions will be released to those people.

President Sirisena as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces was delivering an address at a gathering of officers of the Sri Lanka Army at the auditorium of Army Hospital in Narahenpita recently. More than 350 Commanding Officers (COs), Adjutants and Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the Army were present.

President assured that no investigation whatsoever has been conducted by the present government regarding any of the war heroes who have involved in the war and that no such investigation will be initiated in a way which will dishonour the war heroes.

He further added that however currently investigations are being carried out regarding certain allegations after concluding the war, against certain army officers about some incidents taken place according to the needs of some politicians and on some incidents occurred as a result of personal relations.

He also expressed appreciation of the great service rendered by the Security Forces in the process of building reconciliation in the country and commended all the members of the Security Forces for their unlimited service in national disastrous situations of the country, even by endangering their lives.

He stressed the importance of national reconciliation policy in taking the country to prosperity under the concept of sustainable development.

An Army live telecast of the President’s speech was transmitted to all Security Force Headquarters, Divisions and other formations simultaneously covering more than 30,000 members of the Army across the country.

Mr Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary of Defence and the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake were among those participated in this occasion.

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