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 to establish two more medical faculties to expand higher education
-- [1 hour and 52 minutes ago]
Special high court will be set up in next two months to expedite hearing of fraud cases - PM
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka President to take over economic management
-- [3 hours ago]
Teachers' union demands arrest of Uva Chief Minister for threatening a Tamil female teacher
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to sign a FTA with Singapore during Prime Minister's visit
-- [6 hours ago]
Court grants permission to examine the bank accounts of former Ministry secretary and his family
Postal voting for Local Government elections to begin on Monday
Sri Lanka made little progress on transitional justice initiatives in 2017 - HRW
CA Sri Lanka charters Rotaract Club for Chartered Accountants and CA students
Public has lost confidence in media due to smart phone culture - Sri Lanka Media Minister

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.