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Army boasts of increased militarisation

Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya has praised the Sri Lankan Army for not reducing its size despite the war ending three years ago, reported the state-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Stating that the troops were consolidating national security, the Brigadier also commented that security measures had not been relaxed, noting that Sri Lanka was unlike any other country in the world.

Navy media spokesman commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya also stated that the Navy was continuously conducting 24-hour patrols along the coast to prevent “terrorism”, adding that the number of naval camps had now doubled. Army commander Lt. General Jagath Jayasuriya went on to note that intelligence services had also expanded, using both “local and international information”.

Photo: Sri Lanka's preparations for their "Victory Day" parade set for the 19th of May 2012 in Colombo

The armed forces involvement with non-military activities such as building runways in airports was also commended, with Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya claiming that it had saved the country 3 billion rupees.

General Jayasuriya also called on the public to remain vigilant in assisting the armed forces and appealed to them to respect all the soldiers that had died during the war as the country prepares for "Victory Day" celebrations on May 19th.