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* Sri Lanka military to withdraw forces from private land in the North, Defence Secretary says
Sat, May 1, 2010, 01:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has informed the military leaders that the security forces would be gradually withdrawn from private properties occupied by them in the Jaffna peninsula.

Secretary Rajapaksa revealed this addressing media after unveiling the war hero memorial at Elephant Pass on Friday.

When the government forces took control of the Jaffna peninsula in 1995, some properties were taken over by the troops and some areas were designated as high security zones (HSZs) to the consternation of the residents.

The Defence Secretary meanwhile has disclosed that the government has taken special measures with the support of intelligence services and Foreign Ministry to combat any threat from the LTTE in international arena.

Rajapaksa had told the media in Jaffna that there were still a small number of LTTE sympathizers overseas despite the defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka.

The Defence Secretary had assured that the government is doing everything possible to fulfill the needs of the people in the North and East.

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