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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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President Mahinda Rajapakse informed Jaffna Bishop Rev. Fr. Thomas Sauderanayagam yesterday that he will investigate the possibilities of allowing people to visit religious shrines within the Jaffna high security zone and worship those and provide a solution in this regard.

During the discussions the President had with the Jaffna bishop during his tour of Jaffna, the rev. father has asked the President to allow people to visit religious shrines in the HSZ and worship them, to which the President has made the above response.

According to Mr. Wijeyananda herath of the President’s media unit though various political parties claimed that the President has agreed at this discussion to completely remove the HSZs in Jaffna, there is no truth in it and during this discussion there were no talks about removing the high security zones. Minister Douglas Devananda und Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa both have confirmed this and said that the govt will never take any steps that may jeopardize national security.

 
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