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* Sri Lanka Army expedites de-mining process in North
Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 10:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has expedited its demining activities in the mine-infested former battlefields in the North in order to accelerate the resettlement of displaced civilians still languishing in the welfare camps.

The Northern Province governor, Major General GA Chandrasiri visited and inspected the demining progress at Oddusudan Muththaiyankaddu Left Bank GTMS today.

The Governor Chandrasiri said that the area west of A9 had been almost cleared of mines to facilitate resettlement while the LTTE strongholds east of A9 road are now being opened for resettlement and reconstruction.

Around 1,000 Army demining troops have already cleared approximately 200 sq km in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, and Mannar districts by February 20th.

The Sri Lankan Army said its de-miners are also active in the north of Thunukkai, Manthivu, Oddusudan, and Kokavil areas where the fleeing rebels have mined the most.

Several areas, including Pooneryn, Karachchi, Manthai west, Thunnukai and Vidathalthivu had been cleared of mines. According to Army, the demining process has been almost completed in most parts of the Kilinochchi district.

Several mine clearing NGOs are also assisting the Army to help accelerate humanitarian mine clearing operations in former conflict-affected areas.

(Picture courtesy of Northern Provincial Council)

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