24 September, 2018

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Army Says No To 1500, But Agrees To Release 700 Acres Of Land Occupied By Them To Northern Civilians

The Army is expected to release around 700 acres of private land currently occupied by them back to the civilians living in the Northern Province. According to the Government Agent of Jaffna N. Vethanayahan this decision was taken following a request made by him to the Army top brass in an effort to expedite the resettlement process of the displaced people.army Colombo Telegraph

Vethanayahan had initially requested the Army to release 1500 acres of land which is currently being occupied by the security forces, however the Army had instead agreed to release 700 acres.
The Army has cited ‘national security’ as the reason for not releasing the balance land for the moment.

President Maithripala Sirisena recently assured that the land issues in the North will be settled within the next three months, and the government has to set up a special task force to expedite the resettlement process in the North.

The Military continues to occupy several thousand acres of land in the North, impeding the resettlement process.

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      Ballah how come you return to the scene, did you finish your work assigned to you ” clean the flowing toilet pits of Medamulana ” ?

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          balla – hahahahaha you are a joke.

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      ballah

      “[Edited out]”

      Thanks again for keeping it brief.

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      Editor

      Thank you. If Ballah does not behave well it must be strapped. You have rightly strapped the fellow. Is is the notorious illegal Ballah butcher marketing the urinals ducts to the Kottu kade’s for premium price.

      It will be the decision of the politician governing and not the army to say no to release the land. The war is over and the time is ticking fast the army to move out sooner than later.

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        knee jerk from a catapult,

        the troika of warlord’s, army, 90% patriots hey ho is it the way to go moron?

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    When shall the day dawns that The Sri Lanky Army PERSONALS realise that they in pay roll of Government of Sri Lanka to protect the all ethnic people alike including their livelihood resources? What is the rationale behind claiming that liberated the people from Terrorists while the liberated people are still void of their own fertile land and continue live like wandering hippies and burden to other people?
    Is Constitutional guarantee ever has been respected within Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka?
    First bring a change to the attitude of Army PERSONALS before you Change the Constitution!

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      First bring a change to the attitude of Army PERSONALS before you Change the Constitution!

      Vetmahadeva:

      Are you christian ?

      there are christian cult leaders who preach similar philosophies saying god asked me to bang both the mother and teeange daughter and they do it.

      YOu like that, you preach a philosophy that help your tribal instinct and to get a homeland for tamils at the expense Sinhale – North.

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        That’s weird, God also asked me for such a gang bang.

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    Fair enough. Need an Airport or a ferry service and borders controlled by both countries goverments on both side like Dover/Calais.

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      Some of these released lands are taken by fradulent owners who will sell it to higher bids. Itis all part of Tamil.homeland realization.

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        Exactly. It was fraudulently released to fraud Sinhala owners. Jim is correct

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    How does the army in peace time wants to hold on to grabbed lands more than five times larger than the lands occupied by the British in the Palaly military camp during World War 2?
    Sengodan. M

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      Its fertile soil and they need it for their private farming and rest for tourist industry run by the military. Now that Gota is not around: who is taking the profits gained through state paid labor and occupied land.

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      Sengodan,

      Good question. However subduing the LTTE was no easy task. A lot of sacrifices were made on all sides. And the suspicion that they will re-emerge is real with the likes of TGTE still hanging on to a Ealam dream. The military is still wary and are not going to give up the lands they occupied. Despite the passions of the landless the military can justify the land occupation unlawful though they may be.

      But I am glad that the President made a recent commitment to fast-track resettlement. I am glad that 700 acres is released as a first resort. I hope more lands will be released soon and the evicted helped with resettlement. I hope the evicted Muslims are also taken into the equation.

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    The military regime in the north suppresses civil liberties and oppresses citizens by denying them of their rights.

    The President, Prime Minister and the entire government is aware.

    The President (and C-in-C) who was elected by the deciding votes of Tamils, now ignores their plight for political survival.

    The military dares not do this in the south.
    Any new constitution too, will not change this situation.

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      Hi Justice: what do you expect the President (and C-in-C) to do? After all he himself is a so called patriotic sinhala buddhist that was kept in the appropriate place by his former boss mahinda.

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      Justice,

      I agree any military presence does oppress civil liberties overtly and covertly in any situation.

      However the wounds of the LTTE uprising is still raw and suspicions are still running deep though on the surface all try to smile. The President has to play a double game. He has to appease the rabid Sinhala Buddhist supremacists in the south or else they will move en-mass to the dreaded MR camp. Though grudgingly, we must admit that My3 has achieved some progress in the reconciliation front. He has promised to fast track resettlement and in a short time 700 acres are going to be released. Good progress and hope it will keep moving.

      Imagine where the north will be if MR was still at the helm. Yes the Tamil and Muslim vote did a great service to democracy in Sri Lanka.

      Your statement, ‘The military dares not do this in the south’ is not relevant. The LTTE uprising against the government was always based and fought in the North and East.

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    The Lankan army was evolving into the Egyptian model parallel government. It was allowed into hospitality industry and do not want to give up the lucrative income which are unaccounted for. This “national security” bogy is a smoke screen.

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      That may be, but that evolved during the corrupt, thieving ‘Jarapaksha’ regime. National Security is a priority to any nation in the world specially when living next to a superpower fighting separatists on her own soil.
      I think the Sri Lankan Army is slowly but steadily returning to it’s previous state of affairs and I sincerely hope so.

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    See these IDPs are young males. Are those IDPs or people brought by LTTE from Tamilnadu to fight the war ?

    How do you say they ever had their lands ?

    It looks before the war, every Tamil had lands

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      jim softy Dimwit

      “It looks before the war, every Tamil had lands”

      After the war it appears the army owns all the land in North East.

      Are you happy now? If you want more land send the army to your ancestral land in Tamilakam.

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        Dumb Native veddo:

        Why Army has to vacate those lands ?

        Are they from Tamilnadu, A kallathoni army ?

        It is you tamils should vacate the lands and go back to tamilnadu

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          jim softy

          “Are they from Tamilnadu, A kallathoni army ?”

          Didn’t you know their ancestors and yours too came from Tamilaham looking for better life in this promised land?

          “It is you tamils should vacate the lands and go back to tamilnadu”

          I hate to agree with you when Tamils leave they must remember to take their Sinhala/Buddhist brethren along with them.

          Navy and Namal were operating Kallathonies to Australia. Let me find out whether both could organise reverse journey to your ancestral home.

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      Jim is correct again. IDPs are young males only. Everybody else were systematically killed, as part of state terrorism. Young males are spared, so they can be used as slaves.

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    The rest of 800Acres are to extend Borella kanaththa?

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    Sri Lankan National security is the pillar of democracy ,we cannot mortgage that our country democracy and sovereignty rely of Tamil Political Parties of working on separatist agenda; who had been launch war against nation democracy state more than 30 odd years by Tamil Terrorist of LTTE and their proxy forces of TNA.

    We are like other nation and countries have rely on security Forces safeguard democracy ,they (security forces)want land for protecting security of democracy .
    All lands in many parts Island an occupy by Security Forces, other wise we cannot give Freehand which that Hit and Run gun rule politics for bargain with People of democratic governances.

    The Tamils chauvinist are for separatism and they denied democracy norms by hook or crook they want to gain political power in part of Island.

    Their are means power gain by mainly Gun Rule law of politics has not gave up.
    Last two incidents of Jaffna University riots against Sinhalese Students and Malaysian attack Sri Lankan Ambassador by Tamil terrorist -LTTE connected that incidents has proven violence is main their path of new policy of anti-reconciliation move by Tamil political classes seek new power grid in Island.

    The path of rehabilitation of Tamils from Terrorism is that time consumer matter, it will take long -term mission we cannot do it next few years. Majority hard core Tamils terrorist are playing leading role in TNA policy makers. They discarded democracy by their political actions.

    That is not possible any cost at this time has to pay by democracy rights enjoy by majority citizens . Ours democracy is not for majority Sinhalese only, that is for entire Tamils and Muslims communities as well.
    State has every right occupy land as long as its need to protect democracy of our People sovereignty in an Island.

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      No one questions the right of the Centre to retain a military presence in all parts of the country – in addition to the Police. But this has to be tenable and proportionate to genuine needs. Mr. Sampanthan, speaking for the Tamil political leadership, has re-affirmed this publicly in recent times. Unfortunately, the language used by the Army Chief in the area on the same subject recently “not an inch more than the 500 acres will be released to the (Tamil) owners” is unkind, provocative and illegal. The Tamil Nation certainly is weaker now. However, they will not abandon their inalienable right to their precious but dwindling land resources.

      Fortunately, there is a now growing sense of justice and decency from the Sinhala South. Their problem is the Sinhala extreme – exacerbated by sections of the politically ambitious armed forces and the politically active Buddhist clergy, both bent on playing violent politics and keeping the communal inferno burning. Let it be remembered the obstinate stand this section of our political activism took on the 1947/48 Citizenship issue and that of Language Parity – both failed after decades, much loss of lives and blood, division of the nation and billions in resources. The Sinhala extreme had to yield on both is part of our history.

      Kettikaran

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    Is Srilanka evolving to be a Garrison State? The politics of Pakistan is controlled by their Army.In fact several of their Heads of State were former Army Commanders.In the Northern province it is the Army that calls the shots to the extent they even supply food-at a subsidized rate to some select students at the Medical Faculty; Perhaps,from the produce of their captured lands.
    Refusing to part,of the Lands captured by them on the pretext of SECURITY IS ALL
    tweedledum and tweedledee!

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      it is the Army that calls the shots to the extent they even supply food-at a subsidized rate to some select students at the Medical Faculty;

      Why did Those students were attacked ?

      Was it by University Students working for LTTE ?

      LTTE was confronting Army always. Here also the same thing has happened.

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    the problem with releasing the 700 and keeping 800 is that if the 700 is next to the 800 the people won’t like to be resettled in it.They will be worried about their womenfolk with the army next door who don’t have their womenfolk.

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      One needs both hands to clap.

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        one hand is only needed to insert something against the will of someone.

        tamil women have plenty of experience of intense pleasure for the inserter,while intense pain for the inserted.The next day the chaps will be transferred out of the north and case closed for good.

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          Boy! you are a man with experience. Were your victims alive ?

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            anonymous

            “Boy! you are a man with experience. Were your victims alive”

            Shanker knows what she is talking about. She has a close mutually fulfilling relationship the former army boy spit polish Black and Decker.

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            anonymous

            Shanker knows what she is talking about. She has a close mutually fulfilling relationship the former army boy spit polish Black and Decker.

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      Maybe the men can resettle. That way no worries about womenfolk. …

      Seems all problems in this country can be put down to sex.. or the lack thereof…

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        maalumiris

        “Seems all problems in this country can be put down to sex.. or the lack thereof…”

        As you know mem’s Willi works faster than their brain.

        By the way where you’ve been all these days? You do not what you are missing in this forum.

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          Oh, I’ve been present (and reading your contributions)

          Like any red-blooded Sri Lankan male, it took ‘Sex’ to get my attention. Not HR Violations, not In-Your-Face Abuse of Power, not corruption, not the sense of Entitlement that our Rulers, Doctors (and Airline Pilots) still feel and continue to foster

          Oh No, none of that..

          Just good old Sex.. (or the lack thereof)

          :)

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        “Maybe the men can resettle.”

        we can have gay marriages too.BTW the forces have guys who coudn’t care where they discharge as long as they discharge it.so many tamil men have been asked to open their mouths or bend over.So i’am afraid even the men won’t want to be next to army camps.

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    Tamils because of greed, Are trying to grab former jungles in the North saying those are part of the mythical homeland and they want Tamilnadu tamils migrated to the North during eelam war to occupuy these lands.

    the obvious result will be desertification of this region making it unihabitalble unless the moragahakanda project provides sufficnet water for the whole region.

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      Jim Shit, the garbage from the south,, first of all you need to learn how to write English. I know a gamaya like you have difficulties in the field of education let alone English. It is a pity that the Tamils are flourishing back again in the country and you redneck trash is having difficulty absorbing it. Tough luck you dumb hick.

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        Tamil from the North.

        I am Sinhala. I can write Sinhala properly. I am not a scum like you preach Tamil and talk English.

        Anyway, Look at the photo of refugees. Do you think, they ever had lands ? Mostly unemployed Tamil youth who were fighting for LTTe. Most probably they are Kallathonis migrated during the eelam war.

        Besides Tamils want Sinhala speaking people out from the North. Tamils have asked even to replace the sinhala speaking medical officer to be transferred from Kilinochchci.

        Once remove all the army camps, they want these camps filled with Tamil regiments to complete the homeland.

        Do you think, the govt is that dumb ?

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          According to your logic, the government is very dumb because they keep releasing the lands

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    So Army still control NE.?
    where is uderetta menike who said there is no army in the NE

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      So Army still control NE.? where is uderetta menike who said there is no army in the NE

      Are you an Indian Tamil who thinks Sri lankan Army has no rites to anywhere in Sri lanka ?

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        jim softy

        “Are you an Indian Tamil who thinks Sri lankan Army has no rites to anywhere in Sri lanka ?”

        Of course if they are citizens of this island (since 1947) army can stay anywhere in this island.

        Therefore why don’t you provide them with comfortable accommodation, fine food, water, ….. and Kandyan hospitality in your house, neighborhood, Weerawansa’s large houses, Dayan’s houses, … ?

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        “Are you an Indian Tamil who thinks Sri lankan Army has no rites to anywhere in Sri lanka ? “

        yes they have all the rights (not “rites”) to anywhere in Sri Lanka

        but they have no rights to forcibly take land from the owners anywhere in Sri Lanka.

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    This is a funny situation. The intelligence men of the armed forces
    including the Police confirm that there is no chance of terrorism
    springing up again in the near future.The President and the minister
    for rehabilitation, from day one, keep saying that all confiscated lands from the people during the war will be released to the owners within specified times and in the meanwhile the land owners dangle in make shift camps and many have become a burden to others by sharing with other poverty stricken people. The war we had was an uprising by educated Tamil youths, waged against the govt.for not providing employ
    -ment opportunities and entries to universities restricted due to standardization policy in education introduced by Srimavo Govt.which deprived the average Tamil students entering the UNIs, thus dwindling
    the employment opportunities in Govt. services but unfortunately this rebellion turned into fully fledged armed struggle,with armed militias joining the youth and people on both sides suffered untold hardships and finally war ended up in defeat for Ltte in 2009.It was not a war, Tamils fought the Singhalese but a students uprising against successive
    repressive govts, turned into a war, which is regrettable. A right thinking politician will know if the youth are kept contended, there will be no rebellion. JVP youths revolted twice for the same purpose. This happens in families on both sides where children revolt against their parents if they are deprived of normal facilities but not with arms ,of course.

    It is also confirmed that Ltte fought their own war against the govt. with no outsiders helping them physically like in Syrian war, where
    other terror minded people from various countries joined hands. Ltte would have got money from the diaspora but not men and material from
    other countries(gifts) to fight the war and not even one Tamil Nadu Tamil joined and fought for Ltte and this clearly shows that it was
    an internal uprising with a purpose.

    It did not take six months for the army to grab the lands from the
    people and temples, churches and schools destroyed in no time and people including the school children chased away with no alternate accommodation found for them in N/E and the children missed their schooling and breadwinners lost their livelihood and fishermen not allowed to enter the sea but seven years have passed after Ltte was defeated and peace restored and those lands are not restored to the owners yet. Understandable that there are logistic and other problems to hand back the lands but army’s reluctance to release some of the fertile & Prime lands worries the people and wondering whether the Govt.condone with armed forces action in getting involved in comer
    -cial and farming activities on these lands in N/E. under the pretext of guarding the country.

    Unlike the previous regime, the credit must go to this Govt. for
    tactfully handling the minority question without upsetting the
    majority people and they are moving slowly but steadily towards
    unity of all the people but should not give room for IC & UN to
    criticise the govt. for allowing part of the country i.e. N/E to
    be a territory under occupation. It does not speak well for a govt.
    that practices democracy.Since resurgence of terrorism is ruled out, the govt. could reduce the strength of the army in N/E to a required level and not keep them in excess doing nothing as their presence
    in uniform in large nos.hinders normal activities of the people, so why not normalise situation in N/E at the earliest so that people,
    who suffered for 40 years, move forward and the votes are yours.

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      Lanka Watch,

      “in the meanwhile the land owners dangle in make shift camps and many have become a burden to others by sharing with other poverty stricken people.”

      I don’t agree on the details. The 3000+ IDPs in the 32 Jaffna District camps are landless low caste people who have nowhere to go. They have never had any land and were working for the land owners in agriculture before. They should be given state land, the government should buy them land and they should be provided with income generation. The sad fact is that these people traditionally and still suffer from many problems. They need help and I suspect that the local authorities and diaspora are not very interested in them due to their caste background and lack of political power.

      Land has been returned, more should be returned or bought by the government for “lucrative compensation” for the security forces or resettlement of the landless poor. In many or maybe most cases the original landowners or their (grand)children have never returned to the land that has been made available. If you doubt me you can obtain information on population in former High Security zone villages. You will not find any major increase in their population.

      I have relatives and friends whose land was taken years ago and returned during the last years. None of them has moved back. Most of them have left Jaffna a long time ago and live abroad or in Colombo.

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        Lone Wolf – Sorry for the late response. I agree with some of the
        points raised and differ with you on the IDPs issue as they are
        displaced people and not landless low caste people and they have
        registered themselves with the authorities as people who lost
        their lands due to war.
        Your last Para also interests me as they fled the country 30 years
        ago and they are naturalised citizens of some western countries
        and that does not mean that they have lost interest in their lands
        and property. Buddhist statues are erected in these lands so that
        the people cannot protest and later it becomes the property of the
        intruders as there will not be enough Buddhists in N/E to maintain
        the statues and have daily poojas. This is why TNA vehemently fighting for 13A to be implemented so that the N/E provinces will have lands and Police under their command so that all lands whether state or private can be protected and your relatives can
        claim it any time. This is why there is a big hue and cry in Jaffna about erecting Buddha statues all over Jaffna and it is not that Tamils are against Buddhism, after all Buddhism is an off short of Hinduism.

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          Lanka Watch,

          “I agree with some of the points raised and differ with you on the IDPs issue as they are displaced people and not landless low caste people and they have registered themselves with the authorities as people who lost their lands due to war.”

          I may be wrong but I believe that there are many IDPs with land and then there are the 900+ families still in the 32 welfare camps in Jaffna District who do not have land. The latter 3000+ persons are low caste. Thanges has published information on them on CT but I have no time to search for his articles. Maybe you have read them?

          “Your last Para also interests me as they fled the country 30 years ago and they are naturalised citizens of some western countries and that does not mean that they have lost interest in their lands and property.”

          Some may continue with interest but what I am saying is that none of the IDPs with land I know has returned when the land became available. Starting from zero is not easy for the little bit elderly and the (grand)children also are not interested in moving to an unknown place. There are many empty houses and unused land.

          I am not against returning land just trying to say that it might stay empty.

          The most important thing is to provide a better life for the landless IDPs with often very low skills.

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    What right has the army to decide to not release land to the rightful owners? This issue is about justice and fair play and the rule of law, not about the army being in possession illegally of land due to the criminal activities and impunity of the previous regime who threw every decent rule of law into the gutter. The army must also realize that the business activities they are conducing using this land illegally must be stopped immediately or alternatively full management of the businesses conducted by the army on this land handed over to tie rightful and legal owners who are entitles to the profits. Also army officers engaged in conducting businesses on this land should be prosecuted and court martialed as they are not permitted to conduct business activities outside their army duties.

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    I believe it is the right decision. National security takes priority over other political requirements. However, the landless people must be given alternative plots of land from the sovereign and unitary state of Sri Lanka. Every square inch belongs to GOSL, the leaders must ensure the security of the nation when making decisions on this matter.

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      They are not landless, but had their own home lands and farms that has now been stolen illegally by a racist occupying Sinhalese army backed by a Sinhalese government that largely came into power on the back of Tamil votes. These lands have to be returned otherwise it is a war crime. UN does not condone genocide ethnic cleansing and stealing lands on the pretext of security and then using these lands to build spas luxury hotels cricket grounds build Buddhist Viharas and Budda statues and to produce food.

      Who told every inch of land belongs to the GOSL? Does your home and land and the private lands of the Sinhalese also belong to them and can be stolen in this manner. The public land in the north and east is vested with the government for the betterment and use of the local Tamil speaking population living there and for a racist Sinhalese armed force and government to steal it and then distribute it to out of area Sinhalese and Muslims when the hue and cry dies down.

      You Sinhalese were crying foul when the British stole thousands of acres of land in the central provinces to create tea estates. Do not try to use your majority that you got by luck thanks to the British and a racist raping looting occupying Sinhalese armed forces to steal what rightfully belongs to the Tamils.

      One Indian journalist who witnessed this land grabbing was shocked and had written in a prestigious Indian journal that she has never witnessed anything like this and how the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Sinhalese were brazenly and openly stealing lands from the now defenceless and helpless Tamil population.

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      If it is national security, then why are these lands not classified as HSZ? Oops

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    They want all this rich fertile lands in the north and east to build more Budda statues Buddhist temples and to settle Sinhalese colonists within a few years once all the fuss dies down. Especially with the UN. This so called excuse for security purposes is wearing thin. Why do you need to steal thousands of acres of land for security. Their security is in the large scaled settlement of Sinhalese around their camps. Even the land released will be deliberately around the army camps, so that the owners will be too afraid to resettle there for fear of rape and harassment from the Sinhalese armed forces. This open state sponsored ethnic cleansing on a large scale and should not be allowed and the UN should be made aware of this.

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      Hey Rohan, Namasthe

      You have said:

      “…want all this rich fertile lands in the north and east to build more Budda statues Buddhist temples and to settle Sinhalese colonists within a few years once all the fuss dies down.”

      Nothing wrong in that approach, it is the country of Sinhala people and I may add SINHALA-BUDDHIST people. They don’t have any other land, at least TAMIL minority can go back to their own countries; TAMIL NADU or KERALA or ANDRA PRADESH.

      It is the military that we, the Sinhala people have entrusted with our survival, security and above all our freedom. Have you forgotten how your so called innocent cousins of LTTE butchered, burned and chased the surviving Sinhala men and women from our land in the North and East. Military must ensure that it will never happen to the Sinhala people again until eternity.

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        The north and east is ancient Tamil Eelam the land of the Eelam Tamils. Sinhalese land is in the south central and western parts of the island and they can go there and do anything there. Eelam Tamils need not go to Tamil Nadu Kerala or Andhra as most of their ancestors did not originate from there. Even if they did it was during prehistoric times. As per your comment it is the Sinhalese who should return to Tamil Nadu Keraa and Andra Pradesh as most of them are descended from very recent immigrants from these states. The rest to Bangadesh and Orissa.
        Just because the British amalgamated the ancient Eelam Tamil nation and land with the Sinhalese lands down south to create a new colony called Ceylon in 1833 and then hand over the entire island to the Sinhalese in 1948 with no adequate protection for the Tamils, does not give you your Sinhalese government of armed forces and the rest of the Sinhalese to claim and steal the lands of the Eelam Tamils as you now can, due to the mistake the British made

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      rohan

      “They want all this rich fertile lands in the north and east to build more Budda statues Buddhist temples and to settle Sinhalese colonists within a few years once all the fuss dies down.”

      why can’t they do that when so many tamils are living with the sinhalese,why can’t the sinhalese live with the tamils.No logic in your argument.

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    In the North the army is calling the shots. The President and Prime Minister have no control over the armed forces, specially the army. The Defence Secretary appears to be a clone of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He is speaking in the same arrogant tone and tenor. Mahesh Senanayake who is the army commander of Jaffna says the army will not vacate 1,000 acres of land for security reasons. He says the land is required for national security. In fact the army is using large swaths of land occupied land to cultivate vegetables, run dairy farms, construct restaurants, health resorts, luxury hotels, play grounds to play cricket, cantonments etc. During the clash of Thamil and Sinhalese students in Jaffna University the army took the side of the Sinhalese students. It supplied food to the Sinhalese students but not the Thamil students. Clearly the army is not a national army where every citizen feels proud of it. The Thamils see the army as an occupation army, an oppressor who is trampling on the fundamental rights of Thamil people.

    Jaffna Commander Mahesh Senanayake

    Jaffna Commander Mahesh Senanayake

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    GA Vethanayahan,

    “According to the Government Agent of Jaffna N. Vethanayahan this decision was taken following a request made by him to the Army top brass in an effort to expedite the resettlement process of the displaced people.”

    I wish to thank you for your help in this matter. You achieved to do what our politicians only talk about.

    Please arrange land and housing for the landless 3000+ persons still in the 32 IDP camps in Jaffna district.

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    To the army:

    Contingencies of war may have dictated the take over by force some of the most productive lands in the Jaffna peninsula and in Sri Lanka, tendered with care and much sweat over centuries. However, the war is long over now. To dictate how much land will be returned to the legitimate owners, is not only immoral, but outright theft . You are entitled to only the land around Palaly airport held prior to the war. Even if the owners agree to sell, this land is ultimately the treasure of the north.

    Every single Tamil , reasonable Sinhalse and Muslims should protest against this highway banditry.

    There are plentiful marginal lands abandoned and lying fallow available for sale in the peninsula. Buy them if land is required.

    The other alternative is to establish a large army base in State-owned land in the Paranthan -Kilinochchi area.

    The President and Prime Minister:

    Please be fair and hand back these lands. The army cannot and should not dictate terms on this highly sensitive poltical and economic issue. Restore these lands to the state they were before the forced take over. Declare these lands a national treasure reserved for agriculture and agro-industry.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Correction:

      An alternate site for a large army base could be the State lands in thr Elephant Pass -Paranthan belt.

      Dr.RN

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      Dr RN,

      “An alternate site for a large army base could be the State lands in thr Elephant Pass -Paranthan belt.”

      That is a good idea. I have read that most of the Vanni is state land but don’t know if it is true. Papaly can be downsized to prewar size and troops sent to Elephant Pass that is near enough.

      As an alternative the Chinese can build and finance an artificial island off Jaffna to serve the needs of the security forces and off shore banking. This new island can be called Jaffna Financial and Security Center.I will start preparing a project proposal right now. Hopefully I will receive a lucrative commission from the Chinese.

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    The occupying Sinhalese armed forces or the Sinhalese Sri Lankan government has no right to steal the lands of the Tamils in the north and east under any pretext.
    There is no need of thousands of acres for security purpose. When did building hotels, cricket grounds, Spas farming, erecting Budda statues and Buddhist temples and settling Sinhalese on these stolen lands become part of security? This is open robbery and ethnic cleansing done on a grand scale with impunity as they feel the Tamils are now defenceless and there is no one to question them and they can get away with this. The government and armed forces are only for the Sinhalese
    The Sinhalese have no history of ruling or inhabiting the North and East of the island prior to independence. The Tamils of the North and East of the island from time immemorial,were a separate nation with a separate history and were ruled separately until 1833. Even their Mahavamsa fable calls these lands Tamil lands.
    It is true at times parts of the east came under the loose rule of the Kandyan kings but these kings were largely of Tamil origin and the Tamils of the east did not consider them as outsiders. Even this does not negate the continuity or the claim to the east by the Tamils as all lands were owned by them and the other two communities arrived there only fairy recently and have no history of ruling or owning land until fairly recently.
    Just because the British united both nations in 1833 to create a new colony called Ceylon making the Sinhalese who were until then confined to the southern 2/3 of the island an overall majority and then handing over the power to this Sinhalese majority without the consent of the Tamil masses, now does not give the Sinhalese armed forces steal thousands of acres of land from the Tamils, private or public with the backing of this government or the government to ethnically cleanse Tamils from their lands in the north and east and settle out of area Sinhalese and Muslims. Even the so called public lands in these areas are their for the use local Tamil speaking population and is vested for their interest. Not to be stolen and distributed to Sinhalese from the south or the occupying Sinhalese armed forces.
    I do not see thousands of acres of land in the Sinhalese south and other seven provinces being appropriated by the Sinhalese armed forces, with hundreds of thousands Sinhalese made homeless and landless overnight for security purposes with hotels spas cricket grounds Buddhist temples being built there or large scale farming on these lands. This was not done even during the large scale JVP insurrections that happened in the 1970s and 1980s/1990s.
    Stating that we are now the majority so can do what we want even in your homelands does not work. If the Sinhalese had been ruling the entire island throught history and the Tamils were their subjects, then it is another story but it was not. Most of the time it was the other way around.
    The British also created India that was basically prior to their arrival many states. So does this mean the Hindi speaking north Indians and the predominantly North Indian Hindian armed forces can go Tamil Nadu Kerala Andhra Bengal ETC and start stealing lands from these people under various lame excuses and then settle millions of Hindians on these lands? The answer is no. Why? Because the North Indian Hindians may now be the largest linguistic group in India but they never had a history of ruling non Hindian lands and moreover like Sri Lanka/Ceylon, India is also an artificial creation of the British. Even in Britain the British government of armed forces will not allowed to do this now in Wales or Scotland.
    If the Sinhalese Sri Lankan government does not want to do anything about this shameful land grab and ethnic cleansing activities conducted by the occupying Sinhalese armed forces. Then this should be brought to notice of the UN.

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      The sinhalese have put themselves in a very important position in the region- guardians of regional security the prime anti terror military in the eyes of the IC and east of the world. Its entertainment, its blunt politics and the tamils have nothing to counter it but go behind the sinhalese asking for more.
      Tamil SC/ST may be grinning because they don’t own much land?
      Tamils started with gun now asking for justice is the other irish stupidity.
      Tamils make many flaws following ideas to the core. sinhala + muslim, Buruvas win with ease and a laugh.
      Quick sure way: Only Trump can make them move like Kissinger made Indira move from Bangladesh.

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