Apr 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army has not withdrawn the troops or camps in the North, the newly-appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishantha De Silva said.
In an interview with a local Sinhala language weekly, the Army Commander has stressed that safeguarding territorial sovereignty was of paramount importance and assured to take all measures to prevent the resurgence of militancy in the North.
The Commander added that the President, who is Commander-In-Chief, and he, himself are committed to achieving national security.
"We will do our best to prevent any threats being posed to our national security and challenge our territorial integrity. The Army is maintained by public funds and is duty-bound to protect the people and the country," he noted.
He assured that no military camps have been withdrawn to release land to the original owners in the North and East. He said neither troops nor camps will be withdrawn from the North. Private lands adjacent to various Army camps have been released from time to time, after the war ended in May 2009.
He said the reason for the maintenance of troops is to ensure national security. The military hardware, troops and weaponry will be secured and maintained according to the requirements of the country.
Speaking of the reports that the LTTE is trying to make a comeback, the Army Commander said the security forces are extremely alert and watching the situation "very carefully". "There will be zero tolerance of any acts of terror," he emphasized.