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Sri Lanka main Tamil party supports removal of military camps from north

[Xinhua, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:08 No Comment]

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party is continuing to press for the removal of army camps in the northern part of the country though President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ruled out such a move, an official said here Tuesday.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan told the media that his party would continue to press for the removal of military camps in the former war-torn northern part of the country.

"The current ratio of security personnel in the north of the country is one soldier to every eight civilians. This is too much and we have highlighted the need to reduce the military presence to restore normalcy to this region," he said.

Sri Lanka’s key commission on accountability appointed by the president, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has also recommended that military camps be removed from the north.

But President Mahinda Rajapaksa insisted last Saturday that he would not allow such a move since there were still Tamil Tiger sympathizers trying to instigate separatism there.

He also insisted that the LLRC report would not be used as a " tool for separatism." (Xinhua-ANI)

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