Army insists no land grab in Jaffna

The army has denied reports that civilian land in Jaffna is being taken over by force by the army.

The Jaffna Security Forces Commander, Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe had said this to a UN delegation which met him in Jaffna, the Ministry of Defence said.

Head of the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Agnes Asekenye-Oonyu met Hathurusinghe in Palaly. Ms. Asekenye-Oonyu was accompanied by the deputy head of the mission, Mark Prasopa-Plaizier.

During the discussions, the Jaffna Security Forces Commander explained the process of the Palaly airport and the Kankesanthurai harbor expansion project.

He had also explained the progress of the rapid development and government’s commitment for infrastructure development including ports and harbours.

He explained that the fishing folk pertinent to the expansion projects will be resettled in government lands along the coastal belt soon and that they will be adequately compensated on par with the present land value. Majority of the lands among them are belongs to the government institutions.

The visiting delegation was briefed on the current deployment of troops in the peninsula and gradual decrease of the military presence since the conclusion of the conflict, the Defence Ministry added.