The High Security Zones in Jaffna have been removed.
The Defence Ministry website said that this measure was taken on the instructions of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Subhash Hotel and Victoria Road are amongst them. The 52nd Division of the Army had rented the Subhash Hotel building for one year from 1995 and the 51st Division had rented the building from 1996.
The function to inaugurate the Victoria Road was held under the patronage of the Jaffna Commander Major General Mahinda Haturusinghe. All other High Security Zones have also been removed. The Public is free to use them according to their requirements.
The Jaffna residents expressed their gratitude to the government for consolidating the peace that was ushered in after defeating terrorism by removing the High Security Zones.