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* Sri Lanka military acquiring civilian lands, Northern Province CM informs UN envoy
Tue, Dec 3, 2013, 10:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 03, Colombo: Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran has informed UN Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani that military is acquiring civilian lands in the North.

Wigneswaran has held a discussion with the UN Rapporteur during his visit to the North.

The local media reports from the North said the CM informed the UN Rapporteur that more than 6000 acres of land had been appropriated by the military in Valikamam North.

The Chief Minister has also given details of land and the acreage acquired by the military in the Kilinochchi District as well.

"On the basis of their present activities, they plan to stay in the North for a further hundred years, which really means that they plan to bring in people from the South and resettle them along with the army families," Wigneswaran has been quoted as saying.

The government earlier said it has decided to acquire 6,381 hectares of the land in Jaffna that is now being used as High Security Zones permanently and the owners of the land will be paid compensation.

The acquisition is to be done under the Land Acquisition Act and the government has allocated Rs. 400 million as compensation for the owners.

The Chief Minister alleged that the military was trying to colonize the North like the Eastern Province.

The Army has denied that it plans to acquire civilians' lands to establish military camps in Jaffna. Army has said that it has already earmarked government lands for that purpose.

Wigneswaran also told the UN envoy that the livelihood of residents in the North has been seriously affected since the military has taken over all avenues of employment available to the people and the people have to take loans for their day to day living.

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