TNA happy with move to free land, wants more released

TNAThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today expressed satisfaction with the decision taken by the Government to free land held by the military in parts of the North.

A TNA statement welcomed the release of 701 acres of land occupied by the military in Valikamam North and East.

The TNA said that the land was released after TNA leader R. Sampanthan made a request to the President when the President visited the North recently.

Following that meeting the President had promised that the request would be considered and as a first step civilians would now be permitted to resettle in one area.

“We thank the President for the fulfillment of this promise and at the same time ask that the rest of the lands held also be released, at least in stages, as soon as possible,” the TNA said.

The TNA also urged the President to release the remaining political prisoners at the beginning of the New Year. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. THE TAMIL COMMUNITY IS KNOWN FOR THEIR INJENUITY FOR BARGAINING SWEETLY AND THE SINHALA FOOLS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR WEAKNESS IN FALLING SWEETLY TO THEIR TRAPS.THE GONPAALANAYA MUST BE WARNED . THIS IS NOT THEIR PRIVATE PROPERTY TO DONATE AND SHARE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. DUE TO THE GONPAALANAYA AVARISE FOR VOTES,THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS IS STEADILY RECEDING . BEFORE A CONFLICT IS IMMINENT, GOMPAALANAYA SHOULD AWAKEN AND SEE NOT ONLY THE TAMIL VOTES, BUT THEIR MOTIVES ALSO.

  2. The TNA is happy about few acres of land in Vali North being released. But the people are not happy about it . There are 10 villages where the army has declared them HSZ. No one , even the TNA is not bothered as to what happened to thousands of families who are displaced. Why is that only few acres of land is being released and why cannot all private lands in the 10 villages be released. There is nothing to feel happy about it.

  3. TNA getting into piecemeal deals with the Govt. caused
    the division in the party and got the wrath of the people.
    The formation of the alternate party (TMP), is due to the frustration that TNA caused by their inactivity since
    the election. Although TMP calls it an advisory body and not a political party for now , due to political drop outs in the board, who does not have public support, their main aim is to contest TNA at the next elections.
    Since TNA has a good rapport with the Govt, they must list out their grievances to the govt. to be discussed on a priority basis in a systematic way.
    Release of confiscated lands is not the only problem,
    faced by the Tamils. Release of political prisoners, large scale unemployment in the N/E, infrastructure like seaport, airport and stadiums, withdrawal of armed
    forces, who are in excess from the N/E and so on are to be done and the N/E Province (if merged ) should stand in par with other provinces for a healthy democracy in the country. Govt. is not bound by any pacts with TNA to solve all the existing problems but they also have a moral obligation to the Tamils, who voted them to power. By sidelining TNA, the Govt. is encouraging division among the Tamils and TNA too should keep tapping the govt. at all times and tell the people of N/E as to whats going on, instead warming the chairs in the parliament. Tamils never heard of a get together of TNA/Govt for discussions,since elections.

  4. Restoring lands to the legitimate owners is not a thing that is done because the President likes it. It is a legal right of the people. TNA in the backdrop of Tamil peoples’ council wants to make this look like their achievement. TNA has flopped in the main issues of releasing Tamil political prisoners and their promise of instituting impartial international inquiry into war crimes.

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