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Sri Lankan 'model villages' to be named after soldiers accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa declared plans to establish model villages named after Sri Lankan soldiers, reports The Island.

Speaking in Anamaduwa, Mr Premadasa said that villages would be named after Sri Lankan soldiers who oversaw the final phase of the armed conflict, in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were slaughtered by Sri Lankan army shelling.

He went on to name soldiers such as Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and Majors General Shavendra Silva, and Jagath Dias, as people who villages would be named after. All are accused of bearing responsibility for war crimes.

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