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Sirisena tells monks he will not remove military camps from North-East

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena reiterated that his government would not be removing any military camps from the North-East, as he lashed out at the media during a speech in Malaysia.

Mr Sirisena told a group of Buddhist monks in Kuala Lumpur that “government is not trying to divide the country or remove army camps from the North,” according to The Island.

"Websites and social media propagate baseless stories about our country, which mislead Sri Lankans living overseas who read them to keep themselves updated on developments in their motherland", he added.

The Sri Lankan president was also quoted as saying “claims by these websites that the government is planning to neutralize or weaken the army are also totally baseless”.

Mr Sirisena faced demonstrations during his trip to Malaysia, with protestors demanding he be barred from the country, citing his role in the killing of Tamil civilians during the island's armed conflict.