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Calls for demilitarisation in North-East are 'redundant' - National Freedom Front

A member from the Sri Lankan National Freedom Front (NFF) party, a constituent of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, today stated that heightening calls to remove army camps from the North-East were ‘redundant.’

Piyasiri Wijenyaka, a key figure in the NFF, further claimed that the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister’s continuous attempts to highlight the need to demilitarise the North-East were  only fulfilling the needs of the diaspora.

“The Chief Minister went to Jaffna from Colombo and he did not even feel the war. It was the people in the North that lived through it. The Chief Minister should do the job he was elected for and not look into matters that do not concern him.”

“It was during the war and because of the LTTE that the number of army camps in the North increased,” he


The North-East electorate, last year, voted in the Northern Provincial Chief Minister, CV Wigneswaran, on a mandate that stressed the immediate need for reduced militarisation of the North-East that ‘resulted in the return to the pre-war situation as it existed in 1983 before the commencement of hostilities.'

TNA calls for merged N-E based on a federal structure (04 September 2013)

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