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* Sri Lankan President directs Army to reconstruct properties damaged in communal clashes
Thu, Jun 19, 2014, 12:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan President directs Army to reconstruct properties damaged in communal clashes

June 18, Beruwala: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa just hours after returning from Bolivia Wednesday made an immediate visit to the towns affected by the communal violence in the past few days to observe the current situation and the damages done to the properties in Beruwala an Aluthgama.

After observing the damage, the President has directed the Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, who accompanied the President, to take proper stock of all damages, caused to the properties in all affected areas as soon as possible and launch a mechanism to get all the repairs done at state expense, using skills of tri-service personnel.

Since the Police have already forwarded a full report of the damages in all areas, it would be easy for the Army to attend to the repairs after a brief survey, the President has noted.

Accordingly, Commander, Security Force Headquarters-West Major General U.A.B. Medawela was instructed to immediately appoint a few teams of officers and Army tradesmen to commence the project with no delay on the directions of the Army Commander.

Addressing the gathering of Buddhist and Islamic clergy and senior citizens in Beruwala-Aluthgama areas assembled at the Beruwala Divisional Secretariat, the Army Commander has said that the people should protect the hard-earned peace and work to usher a new era of reconciliation and harmony.

"We must now be matured enough to figure out who our real enemies are after this country's most ferocious battle over terrorism, had been won and set in the path to progress," said the Army Commander.

He said that peace is an expensive product and some do not like to see peace thriving because of their own agendas and the people should not fall prey to those elements.

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