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Sri Lankan army renovates chapel in Jaffna college

The Sri Lankan army's renovated a chapel and built a basketball court in Jaffna, reported the army's civil military coordination website.

The army's 513 brigade renovated the Chapel of St Henry's College in Ilavalai. The chapel was declared open by the Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Nandana Udawatta in a ceremony on Tuesday. The newly built basketball court is also attached to the college.

The military's involvement in Tamil schools and colleges, continues despite pledges from the new government that the military had ceased its role in civilian affairs.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council last month, Sri Lanka foreign affairs minister, Mangala Samaraweera said:

"Just days after assuming office, the President replaced the former military governors of the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country with two senior former civil servants. This set in motion the process of strengthening civilian administration in these provinces including the cessation of military involvement in civilian activities, review of high-security zones and releasing land for resettlement of the internally displaced."

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