Army strength in Jaffna 10,000
The statement that there is an army strength of one to five civilians
in the Jaffna peninsula was categorically denied by Army Commander
Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday at the Army Headquarters.
The Army Commander at a press conference stated that there was a
population of half a million in Jaffna while the strength of the army
was 10,000. He added that the Army remaining in Jaffna is confined to
He also stated that the Army will attend to the matters relating to
reconciliation, reconstruction etc according to the needs of society.
Lieutenant General Jayasuriya further stated that there is a strong
relationship between civilians and the Army in Jaffna. He added that at
whenever a need or issue arose among the civilians they come direct to
the Army for a solution. He added that so far no civilian has demanded
of the Army to leave that area and he stated that they would not allow
the Army to leave that area as well. He was responding to a question
raised by a mediaman.