The UNP proposes to strengthen national security and the forces by increasing the Commands to six from the existing three, said UNP Assistant General Secretary Tissa Attanayake yesterday.
?We will never undermine our forces or kill our service personnel as the JVP did in 1988-89, nor do we want to disband them under any circumstances,? he said.
He said the JVP misled the public to get political mileage and it wanted to disband the army to enforce the law of the jungle if Premier Rajapakse was elected President.
The JVP was criticizing the UNP for its commitment to upgrade the military and provide them with hi-tech facilities and modern defence techniques to meet the requirements of the 21st century, Mr. Attanayake said.
?We will immediately revise the salary scale of the armed forces. We also propose to establish a National Defence University,? he added.
?We have lost 17,000 military personnel in the war and the UNP was able to stop these deaths by signing the ceasefire agreement in 2003. I recall that the JVP brutally killed 300 military personnel during the JVP terror,? he said.
He also said that the UPFA had failed to secure the release of the three policemen in LTTE custody.