350,000 landmines have already been removed from the North and East.
Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Ubhaya Medawala said that the opportunity is now available to declare a 1857 kilometer area as mine free zone. The landmines were buried in the North and East during LTTE terrorism in the North and East. The security forces are engaged in de-mining the area after the elimination of terrorism. Meanwhile the army is constructing 4000 houses for the resettlement of the displaced people. The Military Spokesman said that the Army has also repaired 4000 dilapidated houses to be handed over to the people.