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Signs of a military regime…

June 30, 2009

BBC : Sri Lanka’s expanding peacetime army
It is just over a month since Asia’s longest civil war in modern times came to an end, with the Sri Lankan government’s declaration that it had finally defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels (LTTE) on the battlefield and killed nearly all their leaders. Yet the army chief says he wants the army, already 200,000, to increase in size by 50%.

BBC : ‘Tamil unit’ for Sri Lanka’s army
Sri Lanka’s army is to establish an ethnic Tamil regiment for the first time, the minister for national reconciliation has told the BBC.

Previous articles/coverage:
THE sign on the army spokesman’s wall rang the first alarm bells.
Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara had pinned his statement of faith to a map used to brief journalists visiting Sri Lanka: “It’s the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press,” it began. It went on to say the soldier, not politicians, “ensures our right to Life, Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
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