The Sri Lankan Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Competition 2016 in Lahore on Oct. 18, 2016. / AFP / ARIF ALI
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A U.N. rights expert Thursday reiterated calls for Sri Lanka to step up reconciliation efforts and reduce the military's presence in former war zones seven years after the end of fighting.U.N. minority rights expert Rita Izsak-Ndiaye urged the government to press ahead with healing the wounds of the conflict, after coming to power last year promising reforms and reconciliation.Government forces still maintain a large presence in the former conflict zones and keep a close watch on the local Tamil population despite the end of the war in 2009 .
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