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* Sri Lanka cancelled weapon purchases after the war
Wed, Jul 15, 2009, 10:34 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka cancelled plans to purchase weapons and ammunition worth $ 200 million from China and Pakistan after the war against the LTTE ended, the newly appointed Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) said.

Addressing the media after assuming duties as the new CDS, former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who was seen the architect of the military success against the rebels, said the government cancelled the orders for weapons since the LTTE is completely defeated and its leader was dead.

"We stopped the orders of 200 million dollar worth of ammunition from China and Pakistan as the war ended," he said.

Meanwhile the new Army Commander, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya said his top priority for the military is to support the reconstruction effort in the northern region.

Sri Lanka military defeated the terrorist outfit LTTE in May and declared victory taking control of the entire Northern region. The displaced civilians in the region who were once held as human shields by the LTTE are presently in welfare camps run by the government.

The Sri Lankan government has focused on a massive reconstruction effort to resettle the displaced civilians within six months.

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