presence vital for Jaffna security: Army chief
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
“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
“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.