Apr 10, Colombo: In keeping with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's pledge to release the land from the High Security Zones occupied by the military in the war-torn North, the Sri Lanka Army has completed releasing 1000 acres of land in the Jaffna peninsula to the rightful owners.
The Security Force Friday (10) have released 570 acres of land in Valali and Kankasanthurai South, in the Valikamam sector of the Jaffna peninsula to the District Secretary for Jaffna for distribution among rightful owners.
"Under today's phase, 397 acres from Kankasanthurai South and 173 acres from Valali in the Valikamam sector have now been released to the District Secretariat, thus completing the extent of 1000 acres assured by the Government," the Army said in a statement.
Friday's release of these lands was the second phase of the project which was initiated by President Sirisena during his visit to the peninsula with the release of 430 acres to the owners under the first phase on March 23, 2015.
"In keeping with the President's vision, a total of 1000 acres of land from the High Security Zones (HSZ) have now been accordingly released to the owners under this programme," Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera, acting Military Spokesman and Director Media at Army Headquarters said.