Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sri Lanka's army chief reiterates commitment to maintaining and strengthening military camps

Sri Lanka’s military chief Chrishanthe de Silva reiterated that no army camps will be removed from their current locations.

Speaking at a press event following the visit of Buddhist monks to an army base in Kandy on Friday, De Silva, said,

“None of the military camps will be removed from where they are situated. We have fortified those camps.”

Adding that soldiers had been stationed in the North and South to "reinforce national security," he said, "we will not reduce any of those troops."

At least 160,00 Sinhalese military soldiers are assumed to be stationed in the predominantly Tamil Northern and Eastern provinces. After the end of the ethnic conflict against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009, Sri Lanka stands accused of continuing a silent war against Tamils in the North-East through military occupation.

Sri Lankan army strengthens High Security Zone in Valikaamam North (22 Jul 2015)

Sri Lankan Army demolishing civilian homes in Vali North (16 Jun 2015)

Sri Lanka's army 'categorically denies' closing down 59 military camps in North-East  (16 Jun 2015)

We have not removed a single army camp from North – Minister  (15 Jun 2015)

Military camps in Jaffna needed for ‘national security’ says army commander (11 Jun 2015)

Sri Lankan military continues to build Buddhist temples in North-East (10 Jun 2015)

Silent war against Tamils through Sri Lanka's military occupation finds US think-tank (28 may 2015)

Unacceptable presence of war criminal soldiers in North-East - CV Wigneswaran (25 May 2015)

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.