UNP rejects military encampment allegations by former president Rajapaksa (Watch Video)

UNP rejects military encampment allegations by former president Rajapaksa (Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

14 Jun, 2015 | 9:29 pm

The UNP, issuing a statement June 14, has rejected allegations by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa that it removed 59 military encampments in the North.

The statement has been signed by UNP General Secretary, Minister Kabir Hashim. The statement notes that the 59 camps in question were closed during the tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government. The UNP points out further that of the 11,000 acres taken over by the military in the North, 5,000 acres were released during the tenure of Rajapaksa’s government.

The statement reads that the current government, with the agreement of the military, has only released 1,000 acres of this land.

The UNP claims that in November 2014, Mahinda Rajapaksa also ordered the closure of the Sampur camp. The UNP general secretary challenges the former president to name the 59 camps closed by the current government, if any.

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