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Sri Lanka's new Defence Sec meets Buddhist clergy, assures protection of 'war heroes'

Sri Lanka’s new defence secretary, Kapila Waidyaratne assured the protection of war heroes in a meeting with senior Buddhist prelates of the Asgiiriya, Malwathu and Ramanna chapters.

The Defence Secretary said he is determined to protect the dignity and the honour of the country’s tri-forces, reported Colombo Page.

Responding to questions regarding arrests of military personnel for potential war crimes he said, "unwarranted arrests will not be made". He further added that the proposed Bill on Prevention of Disappearances will not endanger the war heroes.

"As far as national security is concerned it is being safeguarded to the utmost," Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence reported Mr Waidyratne as stating.

"Stressing on the importance of national security he said that he will act with to strengthen national security and while taking measures to maintain the dignity of the tri forces and the civil security personnel, will not allow national security to dilute or subdue," it further reported.

 Mr Waidyratne was also reported as saying that Sri Lankan troops would also continue in other roles such as "another mission fighting against the Dengue menace" and "educating the public".