Sept 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says that 27,000 personnel from the three armed forces currently stationed in the North were assisting the de-mining work in the area.
Leader of the House and Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has said the armed forces personnel had to be present in the North in order to ensure that lands in the North were safe for resettlement.
De Silva has made these comments in the parliament in response to a question posed by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.
The Minister has explained that the Northern Province was heavily mined and it was the security forces personnel who contributed to the clearing of the North of all lethal devices.
Speaking of the high security zones (HSZs) in the North, de Silva has said that only 3.5 to 4 percent of the lands are under HSZs.
He has added that the government was in the process of handing the lands that were under HSZs back to its original owners.