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Sri Lanka Army dismisses calls for demilitarisation

[PTI, Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:49 No Comment]

(PTI) Sri Lankan Army today dismissed a government panel’s recommendation to demilitarise the former battle zones in Tamil-dominated north and east of the country to achieve normalcy.

In a report released here today after a six-member committee had reviewed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations, the Army said that "the government has an absolute right to maintain its armed forces anywhere in the island according to the country’s strategic and security needs".

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