Sri Lanka says it has rehabilitated and released 10,965 ex-LTTE cadres to the society since the end of the three decade conflict in the year 2009.
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, speaking at the ongoing Defence Seminar 2012 said, the ex-LTTE cadres who fought against the Lankan forces during the brutal war was rehabilitated by adopting a ’six plus one’ rehabilitation process model.
He said, particular attention was also given to 594 surrendered child soldiers during the rehabilitation program which is still on.
Rajapaksa said, Non Governmental Organizations such as the IOM and UNICEF were given free and unfettered access to the rehabilitation centers, so too were diplomats, media personnel, lawyers, and family members of the beneficiaries.
“‘Peace Villages’ were created to enable many beneficiaries to continue their rehabilitation without any disruption to their family life and also a special programme was drawn up to facilitate education for them” added Rajapaksa, addressing the senior military personnel, administrators, bureaucrats and intellectuals from various taking part in the ongoing seminar.
Speaking further Secretary Defence said under the ongoing demining process, a total of 469,275 antipersonnel mines, 1,399 anti-tank mines, and 388,963 unexploded ordnance devices had been recovered.
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