Government to release more land in North after UN Pressure

The Government has decided to release more civilian land held by the military in the North, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today.

He said that President Maithripala Sirisena will have discussions in this regard with the relevant officials.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had recently reiterated a demand to the Government to release civilian land occupied by the military in the North.

Speaking in Parliament earlier this week, TNA member Mavai Senathirajah said that while the new Government has freed several acres of land in the North, a lot still remains under military control.

Senathirajah took note of the land being used by the military in Palaly, some of which belongs to civilians who fled the area during the war..

He also said the TNA has no objections to Sinhalese families who are the rightful owners of land in the North from claiming their property.

However he said in some areas the former Government had resettles Sinhalese families illegally on land owned by Tamils.

Meanwhile the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had said that several families who have been resettled in the North do not have basic facilities to resume their day to day activities.

JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said that some families are still living in camps, including in tents and need to be given proper homes. (Colombo Gazette)