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TNA wants 40,000 Jaffna troops out

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Sunday, 6 December 2009 09:14 No Comment]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has demanded that the government either drastically reduce the presence of some 40,000 military personnel in Jaffna peninsula or restrict their presence to only a few barracks.

“It is six months since the war ended, and there has been no activities of the LTTE over this period,” TNA MP Suresh Premachandran told The Sunday Leader. “But still the civilians living in these areas are living restricted, with the strictest of security and with no ‘real’ freedom of movement due to the presence of some 40,000 troops who are in every nook and corner of the peninsula.”

He said that as the situation was now getting back to normal there was no necessity to post such a massive number of military personnel in Jaffna.

“During the war, they were necessary, but not anymore,” he said.

Premachandran emphasized that due to the presence of this large number of military personnel – who are posted in almost every road, including in commercial establishments in the peninsula – it has proved to be a massive inconvenience to the people.

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