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Gazette issued to keep armed forces on alert despite heavy militarisation of North-East

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued a gazette calling on Sri Lanka's armed forces to maintain law and order with effect from today despite heavy militarisation of the North-East. 

The armed conflict ended a decade ago but the Sri Lankan army, navy, and air force, continue to occupy private land that is owned and was used by Tamil civilians. 

Tens of thousands of Sri Lankan soldiers are still stationed across the North-East, where Tamil politicians and civil society organisations have criticised their intrusion into civilian activities, including education, tourism and administration. 

The Sri Lankan President issued the gazette by virtue of the powers vested in him by Section 12 of the Public Security Ordinance.


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