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Military presence vital for Jaffna security: Army chief

By Vindya Amaranayake
The troop deployment in the Jaffna peninsula will continue for some time as the military presence in the area is required to ensure security, Army Commander Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya told a recent media briefing.
“There is a lot more need to be done in the area, in terms of security,” he said answering a question pertaining to the continued security forces presence in the peninsula nearly 20 months after the conclusion of the war.

The briefing was held at the Army Headquarters to formally inform the media of the international conference scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka in late May with the participation of delegates from 54 countries.
“We will invite delegates from the countries that are fighting terrorism to share our experiences with them,” the commander said.

International counter-terrorism expert Dr Rohan Gunaratna is among the confirmed participants and the NATO commanders in Afghanistan will be invited as well as experts in defence and war colleges.
“The countries that provide us with military equipment will be given the chance to showcase their products at the exhibition that will take place during the conference,” the army chief said.

Asked whether any country outside the list of invitees will get the opportunity to take part in the conference, he said there is a limited seating available, but they are willing to consider giving them an opportunity.
“The Philippines have got to know about the conference and have already made inquiries. And we try to accommodate those who can gain from our experiences. The seating capacity, however, is limited for 300 at the moment,” he added.