A group of foreign students from Raffles Institute of Singapore, now in Sri Lanka on tour made a trip down to the demining sites in Kokkuthuduvai North on Tuesday (21) after a request to that effect was made to the Commander of the Army by those students.
The team comprised of 56 Singaporean students, 6 teachers and 2 travel guides of the Aitken Spence Travels (pvt) Ltd saw themselves how Army de-miners using manual, mechanical and mine dogs were clearing mine fields. They also witnessed a demonstration of mine clearing, organized by the Security Force Headquarters – Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) after they were welcomed.
On behalf of the Brigade Commander, Engineer Brigade, Brigadier Amith Seneviratne, Major N.K.B.S Jayasekara, Commanding Officer, 11 Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) welcomed the visitors and conducted the demonstration on Humanitarian Demining process.
The visitors interacted with Army de-mining engineers and had the chance of raising questions and getting clarifications on their concerns.
The visiting team, impressed with the ongoing Army de-mining projects in the area expressed their sincere gratitude to the Sri Lanka Army for its efforts to make a mine free country by the year 2020.
Chief Field Engineer at the Army Headquarters, Major General Dudley Weeraman has given guidelines in regard to the itinerary of the visit to de-mining areas.