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Army commander orders troops to condemn 'acts obstructing reconciliation'

Sri Lanka's army commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has ordered the army to condemn what he described as events or any acts which 'obstruct reconciliation'. 

"It has been observed that at times, opportunistic politicians, and some retired military officers as well as civil activists, while criticizing the reconciliation process carried out by the Government and the Army and appreciating the terrorists' activities, conduct lectures and meetings to damage the trust peace loving people in the North and East have placed in the government and the military and to poison their minds with hatred," the army commander wrote in a communique to the troops, Colombo Page reported. 

He had "instructed the army not to take part, support or sponsor any event participated by the people disrupting reconciliation process" the paper noted.