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No reduction in army in Jaffna says commander

The Sri Lankan army said there was no reduction in security in Jaffna with the number of troops and army camps remaining the same.

"there has not been any reduction in the number of camps or the troops and the Army Camps are maintained in the required locations for the safety of the public," the Colombo Page quoted the Jaffna commander, Major General Mahesh Senanayake as saying.

"The recent hand over of lands does not mean giving up camps", Major General Senanayake said.

"The camps are there but the lands which are not essential, have been handed over to the people," he said, adding "there is no reason to entertain an unnecessary fear."

"After another five or ten years the Government would decide on the matter following an analysis of the requirement," he reportedly added.