Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Tamil political leader urges President to immediately release land held by security forces in the North
Thu, Apr 20, 2017, 07:51 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Colombo: A Tamil political leader in Sri Lanka has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to take immediate measures to release all the private lands in the North and East that are still being held by the security forces.

In a letter to President Sirisena, the General Secretary of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V. Anandasangaree reiterated his party's demand for the release of lands belonging to various individuals, at different places in the Districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Vanni, and at various places in the Eastern Province as well.

He said the party is of the opinion that continuing to hold these lands cannot under any circumstances, be justified and warned the government the only way to solve the land issue is to "promptly and unconditionally" quit all such lands.

Recalling that former president did not take his advice to release the lands, the TULF leader warned President Sirisena that the movement to demand the release of lands, is now fast gaining ground and asked the President to concede to the demands of people.

"Hence the Government should not loose time to concede the demands of the people," the TULF leader said.

He said that in a peaceful situation, so many Army Camps are not necessary and all Camps other than those that were in existence before the war, should be closed down immediately.

Full text of TULF General Secretary's letter to President:

20th April 2017


His Excellency Maithiripala Sirisena President of Sri Lanka

Your Excellency,


Release of lands occupied by the Forces

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), reiterates its demand for the release of lands belonging to various individuals, at different places in the Districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Killinochchi, Vanni, and at various places in the Eastern Province as well. The TULF is very frankly of the opinion, that continuing to hold these lands cannot under any circumstances, be justified. For any human being, living in any part of the world, land is too precious for anyone to give up. It is such a sensitive issue, I wish to warn the Government Your Excellency, that the only way to solve this problem is to promptly and unconditionally quit all such lands .

I wish to quote from a Press Release of the TULF dated 02nd July,2010, signed by me as the Secretary General. TULF. The first paragraph itself says "I am frankly of the opinion that the opening of an Army Camp at Mullaithevu as a fore-runner and the decision of the Government to build permanent houses for the Army are ill-timed, counterproductive and will very soon prove disastrous. I am not that foolish as to stir up a hornet's nest by protesting against these moves. Whatever I do and say are always with patriotic feelings. My sincere advice is that the Government should forthwith stop opening any more new camps in Vanni, close down the one already opened and also abandon the idea of constructing permanent houses in the North and the East for the use of the Army. The Government should understand and appreciate my thinking and give credibility to my suggestions."

The fears expressed by me at that time now stands proved. Your predecessor did not take my advice but I hope you will. The movement to demand the release of lands, is now fast gaining ground. Added to this, even the Catholic clergy is getting worried over the new developments. Hence the Government should not loose time to concede the demands of the people. In a peaceful situation, so much of Army Camps are not at all necessary and all Camps other than those that were in existence before the war, should be closed down immediately, without causing humiliation to the people who think that they are fighting a holy war.

Your Excellency, any further delay may prove detrimental and may even end up with the demand, that the Tamil MPs of these districts should quit Parliament.

Thanking You,

V.Anandasangraee


Secretary General - TULF

 


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe requests for time to announce resignation
-- [1 hour and 16 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka's Dialog Axiata Trials 5G for the first time in South Asia
-- [2 hours ago]
All Telco operators agree to grant 10% bonus data on internet packages
-- [2 hours ago]
Samurdhi officials say former minister Basil Rajapaksa misused Rs. 7 billion from Samurdhi banks
Prime Minister suggests testing the new electoral system at upcoming local government elections
Canada names David McKinnon as new envoy to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka parliament launches 'e-Chamber' with laptops gifted by China
Sri Lankan health authorities to crackdown on illegal medical practitioners
UN commends Sri Lanka's commitment to inclusive and sustainable industrialization in line with SDGs
Joint Opposition member Jayantha Marasinghe joins President

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.