Colombo to fight poverty with military’s help

December 22nd, 2011 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) The Sri Lanka government Thursday said it will take the help of the military to fight poverty.

The military will be used to fight the “economic war” in the country that was devastated by the nearly three-decade-long war with the Tamil Tiger rebels, Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Some of the senior army officers after the war are now serving in diplomatic missions abroad, Xinhua quoted Rambukwella as saying.

He, however, did not elaborate how the army will be used. The Sri Lankan Army has nearly 300,000 soldiers.

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