army sri lanka    The Sri Lankan Army’s commander for Jaffna, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, will take up a new post from Monday.

Delivering some departing remarks, Maj Gen Hathurusinghe claimed that the army did all they could to “meet the urgent needs and aid development” in Jaffna, despite the fact that the people saw the military as a “destructive” force.

Maj Gen Hathurusinghe celebrated the “good relationship” the army had built with the people, but lamented not learning Tamil during his time in Jaffna.

He also said that the number of soldiers in Jaffna had more than halved since the beginning of his term, with “only” 13,150 soldiers deployed, down from the 27,200 in November 2009.

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