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Army Commander briefs ICG project director on reconciliation efforts

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake greets International Crisis Group (ICG) Project Director and Senior Analyst Alan Keenan, on Tuesday.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake greets International Crisis Group (ICG) Project Director and Senior Analyst Alan Keenan, on Tuesday.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake briefed International Crisis Group (ICG) Project Director and Senior Analyst Alan Keenan, on the status quo of civil–military cooperation in the North and reconciliation efforts of the Armed Forces in the peninsula.

Keenan paid a courtesy call on the Army Commander at the Army Headquarters, on Tuesday.

Lieutenant General Senanayake explained how the Army is dedicated to the welfare of deprived civilians and has launched projects to uplift their living standards, education, farming and other socioeconomic needs, by constructing houses and supplying relief items and essentials, agricultural aids, school needs, and push bicycles.

He also explained how the Army, setting sort of a world record rehabilitated 13,000 combatants and assimilated them into society to lead lives free from violence.

In reply to a query, the Army Commander pointed out how a handful of extremist elements could disturb a peaceful society within a few minutes due to availability of modern technical and communicative innovations.

He also requested Keenan to despatch a questionnaire if he wishes to have more information and details regarding any of the issues pertaining to the Army involvement in any part of the country.

Director General (General Staff) Major General Niyshshanka Ranawana and Overseas Operations Director Brigadier Prathap Thilakarathne were also present at the meeting.

 


 

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