The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says contrary to claims by the military, thousands of troops are still in Jaffna.
TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that while the army claims there are only 13,000 soldiers remaining in Jaffna, in reality the figure is over 100,000.
He said that there are 15 army divisions in Jaffna and in each division there are some 10,000 soldiers.
The TNA leader said that his party had mentioned this even in parliament but it was never denied by the government.
He noted that while the army has vacated some private homes and land in Jaffna more remains to be handed over to the rightful owners.
Sampanthan said the government must keep its promise to the UN and the international community and withdraw the army from Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette)