19 April, 2019

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Demonstration Called Off, Sampanthan Praised Sirisena For Resolving Puthukkudiyiruppu Land Issue

Puthukkudiyiruppu land matter has been resolved. The land is to be returned in 3 stages the first stage on 4th March and the second and third stages in a few months. The commitments made should be honoured.” says Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan.

Maithripala and Sampanthan | File photo

Sending a letter to the President, Samapanthan said: “In view of possession being handed over at Kepepulavu – Pillaikudiyiruppu – The persons who were demonstrating against being kept out of their lands, have called off their demonstration. I am particularly thankful to you and other authorities for the expeditious action taken to hand back this land.”

We publish below the letter in full:

His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Presidential Secretariat
Colombo 1

Your Excellency,

I write to thank you for the meeting I had with you on Monday the 27th with fellow Members of parliament of the Tamil National Alliance to discuss land issues in Mullaithivu District. I wish to sincerely thank you for the prompt action taken. I wish to convey to you the following:-

Kepapulavu – Pillakudieruppu –

On the basis of information received – 54 lands have been handed over to the persons entitled to same on documents. There are 30 other persons who were in possession of their lands earlier, but who still do not have permits. They are entitled to be given the lands as they were in possession earlier, before displacement. They had not obtained permits in view of the prevalent situation. The Government/Agent /Mullaithivu District Secretary/Maritimepattu should be able to obtain the necessary information. These 30 persons too, if they are landless people and were in possession earlier should be issued permits and restored to possession. The houses on these lands have been destroyed. The people should be provided with housing and other facilities.

Puthukkudiyiruppu

The matter has been resolved. The land is to be returned in 3 stages the first stage on 4th March and the second and third stages in a few months. The commitments made should be honoured.

In view of possession being handed over at Kepepulavu – Pillaikudiyiruppu – The persons who were demonstrating against being kept out of their lands, have called off their demonstration.
I am particularly thankful to you and other authorities for the expeditious action taken to hand back this land.

In respect of the land of the Killinochchi Maha Vidyalayam – which too, I discussed with you, I am informed that action is being taken to return to the school authorities 142 perches of land. More land would yet be retained by the Armed forces.

The Killinochchi Maha Vidyalayam has around 2500 students. The school is short of accommodation, particularly for the primary section. The school urgently needs more accommodation. The school also urgently needs a playground. I have visited the school and seen the difficult position. The balance land too should be released early. I shall be grateful if action is taken to release the balance land also, to the KIlinochchi Maha Vidyalayam authorities at the earliest.

Thanking you and with my regards.

Yours sincerely

R Sampanthan, MP
Leader of the Opposition

Copies to: 1. Hon Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
2. Hon. Minister of Lands
3. Hon. Minister of Housing
4. hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Relief
5. Defense Secretary, Ministry of Defense
6. Government Agent, Mullaithivu
7. Government Agent Killinochchi
8. principal – Killinochchi Maha Vidyalayam
9. Mr. S. Sritharan – Member of Parliament, Killinochchi, Jaffna.

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  • 8
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    Very good and thanks mr. Sampanthan Aiua n president sir.This is da way to progress thro consulting n cooperation. Good luck for future efforts. 70 year old problems cannot be resolved in two years.

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      The seventy year old ethnic problems can be solved in few months only if the Sinhala Buddhists will recognise the Minority ethnic rights to live as equal and their problems.

  • 7
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    Simple as A,B, C if there is a will.

    Human and common sense approach resolved a humanitarian problem. People wanted to move into their own homes and the impediment of military occupation was brought to a halt by the intervention of the president. You can be assured there will not be any threat to security of the country.

    The military also must consider stop their involvement in farming of seized lands, running hotels and occupying private houses. That will pave way for reconciliation and possibly peace between communities.

    If peace cannot be made during Mr Sampanthan’s period there is no hope for the country and the poor masses. Elitists will enrich their wealth and lead comfortable lives come what may.

    • 3
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      Saro,

      “The military also must consider stop their involvement in farming of seized lands, running hotels and occupying private houses.”

      Where are the owners of the land that the RAF occupied in Palaly during colonial times and now is used by the SLAF?

      Are the three hotels run by the security forces in NP a serious problem? Even the 4 room Navy hotel of Fort Hammenhiel? Where are the heirs of the original owner of that place?

      Land and houses should be returned or compensation paid.

      • 0
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        This clearly shows that Sri Lankan Army forcefully robbed the poor people’s land. The Yapalana Govt. should take legal action against these army personals for this dirty work.

        Shame! Shame! don’t rob these poor people’s land which is belongs to them for generations.

        • 0
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          Ranaviru’s have the legal rights to occupy any land in the North & East and do farming or build houses.

  • 6
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    Thank you, Mr. Sampanthan.

  • 5
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    The real dilemma/question/irregularity of the armed forces “taking over” lands and homes belonging to civilians is being glossed over by Sirisena and Sampanthan.

    This does not happen in civilised countries where the Rule of Law is supreme.

    It appears that Sirisena the C-in-C is afraid of “antagonising” the armed forces whom he “commands” according to the constitution, and Sampanthan is reluctant to point this out, to prevent political enmity/turmoil and embarrassment to Sirisena.

    This does not happen anywhere else in Sri Lanka, except in the Northern and Eastern provinces, and is now being emulated by Sinhala speaking citizens, assisted by Buddhist monks, in these two provinces only.

    Where in any constitution is/was it stated that armed forces can take over private and state lands and homes, to do as they please, even if civilians are displaced to live as IDPs – Internally Displaced Persons – in a so-called “Democratic Socialist Republic” ?

    • 1
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      P.S
      Homes, buildings and wells in the returned lands had been entirely destroyed.
      Only a part of the lands have been released.

      Will Sirisena order funds released for restoration of the homes, buildings and wells?
      Why such animosity of/by the armed forces against civilians?

      • 1
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        justice,

        “Homes, buildings and wells in the returned lands had been entirely destroyed.”

        Was it a huge helipad?

  • 2
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    Justice.

    Where in any constitution is/was it stated that armed forces can take over private and state lands and homes, to do as they please, even if civilians are displaced to live as IDPs – Internally Displaced Persons – in a so-called “Democratic Socialist Republic” ?

    Are you talking about Tamilnadu ?

    This is Sinhale.

    • 3
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      Sounds like you are dyslexic. You mis spelled Sri Lanka as Sinhale

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      Jim Softy

      You are a very communal and dangerous man. Why do you avoid a Sinhala name?

  • 4
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    Let’s hope that this good news is a harbinger for settling other contentious, and seemingly intractable issues in this country.

    “Justice” obviously has some reservations about this way of settling things; those reservations must not be dismissed out of hand. However, at the same time, I don’t think that we can expect miracles. Let us try to build goodwill.

  • 1
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    The Military captures Lands of civilians who belong to a different community.
    Then there is some understanding between the Head of State and the Leader of the community whose lands were captured.
    Euphoria.
    This then is Srilanka- A Land like no other!

  • 2
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    There is a saying in Tamil even if god gives permission the priest (poosary) will not allow. He will place roadblocks. The same is true of the armed forces. They are occupying lands belonging to displaced people far in excess of their want. We saw this in Keppappulavu village. The army simply kept their land and houses without using them. They allowed the houses to rot. They also damaged the houses by removing doors, windows etc. In short, the armed forces were behaving like the proverbial dog in the manger that neither ate the hay herself nor permitted the hungry cow to eat it. The war ended 8 years ago. The Tamil people are now losing their patience and that is quite understandable. Living in their own homes however tiny they me is part of their culture and a fundamental right. President Sirisena should take a more aggressive stand. The armed forces are not interested in the well-being of the Tamil people. Not only are they not interested they have a hostile mind-set also. While IDPs are languishing in camps and sheds, the armed forces in the North (16 Divisions out of a total of 20) are having good time. They are running resorts, restaurants, five star hotels, golf courses, cricket pitches, farms, dairies etc. Reconciliation will be elusive, as long the armed forces not change their attitude towards the Tamil people. A country’s army is considered as a national army revered by every citizen of the country. Civilian control of the military is a doctrine in military and political science that places ultimate responsibility for a country’s decision-making in the hands of the civilian political leadership, rather than professional military officers. Sadly, this is not the situation at present.

    • 4
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      Thanga, I’m wondering if I know enough to comment.

      I just don’t know your part of the country well enough; but then neither do the military personnel who lord it over you! So, let me give you my two cents worth!

      I visited first in 1968, then saw the area on a two day trip in mid-2014, I think. However, most significant was a trip that I made in June 2016, with a group of other retired Sinhalese teachers.

      The armed forces extended their “hospitality” to us. We were grateful. I was uneasy, but that was no time to expand on the subject of how fair this dominance of the area by what amounted to an occupying force was. I didn’t “expand”, but I did what I could to make those I was with aware of my querying as to what was happening to the natives of the place.

      The feeling that I’m left with is that Thanga is justified in protesting the way that he does here.

  • 0
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    Why is Sampsnthan lying..To asretain his perks as the leader of opposition. Only a fraction of the land has been released. People are continuing their protests . Students of Jaffna Hindu college in a debate has severely criticized theTNA for their boot licking forgetting the sufferings of Tamil people. Sumanthiran,Ranils golaya listened to it helplessly. CT hpuld have checked whether protest at Lapps pilavu has to an end and published it as comments to the ler Sampanthan

    • 5
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      Raja
      I think you are as uninformed and fatalistic as the Jaffna Hindu College boys of the debating team for not realising the inherent problems and contradictions involved for those in the TNA and the government who are trying to cope with a tricky situations that confront them. It is easy to criticise.
      Let me try to present certain facts for consideration.
      1) There is the former crook President who is helll bent on staging a come back to power with the help of all those who helped him to loot the country for over ten years.He has a large amount of the loot at his disposal to spend towards the achievement of his goal.
      2) He has a section of his supporters who are called the ‘JOint Opposition’ playing a subversive role while holding ministerial positions in the government having come unelected through the back door into the government. That they were permitted to do so by My3 is another factor which let us ignore for the moment.
      3) There is a large military apparatus maned largely of the majority community. They are from the the same vote bank which is influenced by a racially biased yellow robed monk fraternity that the former President had cultivated.
      4) The MARa mafiosi has a lot of power and and influence to confuse, trick and get away by deploying measures to undermine even any thing of substance of benefit that is people friendly to blunt such efforts with the assistance of sections of the bureaucracy and reactionary trade unions such as the three wheeler and private bus transporters associations to check mate and sidetrack.
      5) There is the section of the pro LTTE of the Tamil diaspora and SLMC fundamentalist influence Ministers who are intent on undermining and stoking havoc in the country to let peace prevail
      6) In addition to all the above there is economic down turn, soaring prices for essential food stuff, and transport facilities, unemployment and lack of housing and schools with a Public Health Service lacking efficiency besides unavailability of medicines for kidney land cancer sufferers.
      6) Whe considering all the above the portents for the all the people in the island is gloomy but any small effort to remedy a bad situation as getting the army to vacate the land taken over by the army during the war from the rightful owners should be lauded and not criticised as boot licking .

      • 2
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        Hi
        Your arguments are 100 percent correct. This is what Sinaloa governments behave been saying from 1956. Tamils have been it he chess game of power capture. That is the reason for Vaddukofdai resolution which all except LTTE forgot. LTTE’s strategies, methods, tactics may have had many lapses. But they clear and right.
        After being cheated for 60 years, weak Sampanthan and arrogant Sums thiran wanted us to be taken for a ride by the ‘Yahapalanaya’. Ma be if MR was in power it may have been better for Tamils on the long run. Though miserable in the short run. ‘yshapalanaya’ should figure out how to deal with those issues. Had Premadada was alive today these will not be issues. He would have find the right people for right job. Today government is controlled by old boy network of Royalist who knows to party not to deliver. Tamil people except the boot licking politicians protected by STF from imaginary killers, are not willing to be taken for ride for any treason.
        They want their land, their ‘made to disappear family members’, justice for war crimes committed on them. They are not willing to leave it to ‘elected rogues’ as hey told TNA members from meeting. They atenot willinto accredit to these rogues to their struggle.

        • 2
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          Hi,
          Thanks.
          You have said that my arguments are 100% correct and that is what matters if results are to be achieved even at a snail speed for peace and reconciliation in the country for overall progress.
          I shall turn a blind eye on all the rest of what you have said in your comment.

      • 0
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        None of the 1-6 reasons are really true.

        1. Yahapalanaya purposefully allowed Old Royals walk around and play threats. It was obvious America which outed him from Temple Tree House, many times, offered help to go ahead, arrest him, prosecute him and make him politically invalid for his crimes. Sirimavo took India’s help and controlled the JVP infested army and latter made it turn around to devastate the JVP and civilians. Not just Old King, the entire family might have received multiple capital punishments if had been prosecuted. Ranil has been the leader in saving the Old Royal families.

        2. So far Yahapalanaya has not put a sincere program to develop the economy. There nothing has been done to convince the foreign Investors. As per Malik’s advice additional loans have been arranged from China. Instead development, this government robbed the Central Bank and put the blame on a Tamil man. Aloysius Building press for whom? Purposefully Indian ETCA is delayed by this government. Who is to blame for economic down turn? Until they come to the program of China’s involvements, private companies will not invest. When the government gives free land and free materials to China how can they compete with China and make their investments survive?

        Sampanthar knows the small release is not to please Tamils. He knows what happened to the secret solution he and Sumanthiran promised to Tamils for the last two years. First time it was 100 days solution. Now….?

  • 1
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    I write to thank you for the meeting I had with you on Monday the 27th with fellow Members of parliament of the Tamil National Alliance to discuss land issues in Mullaithivu District. I wish to sincerely thank you for the prompt action taken.

    Sampanthan Aiya always wrong……. I mean always… always……. so disappointing……

    It is 18,000 acres army was officially occupying – acknowledged. By threatening, fear mongering and bullying the practical occupation is far beyond to that. Army occupying for commercial activities, where even the oppressed are regular clients, is extra. These releases are 25 acres- 30 acres. It is a joke!

    Why the Yahapalanaya is releasing any amounts?

    This is a big drama by Yahapalanaya. Ranil and New King sound like even if the UNHRC gives them 2 years extension, they are not going to take it, but going to kick on the butt of the UNHRC HC for bothering them in their honeymoon with China. They have built up their backups to that strong within last two years. If Lankawe spit on the face of UNHRC, in this sitting, there is nothing to be surprised. Yahapalanaya says “barking dogs you all bark, this Caravan’s route is to China and it will be keep moving”.

    Ranil is going to China in May. That is after UNHRC in March and EU’s GSP+ in April. Sampanthan Aiya has no grasp of these. He is never going to learn Aappa diplomacy or Yahapalanaya politics. These 25 acres and 30 acres releases are only to pacify the UNHRC. ”Hey you the UNHRC, take it or leave it. . The fasters are spared this time because this is coinciding with UNHRC sitting. If it were another time and if army not shooting, at least the water cannons might washed off marshmallow courage.

  • 4
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    Congratulations and celebrations seem premature.
    The return of the lands to owners is still incomplete according to media reports in the north.
    It may be worth exploring further and urging the government to complete the task before celebrating anything.
    It was thus far a victory of mass struggle and should not be allowed to go waste as a partial defeat.

  • 4
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    Sampanthan,

    “I write to thank you for the meeting I had with you on Monday the 27th with fellow Members of parliament of the Tamil National Alliance to discuss land issues in Mullaithivu District. I wish to sincerely thank you for the prompt action taken.”

    A nice way to get votes and to help some people. A win-win!

  • 2
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    Stages B, C in a “few months”! “Few” meaning 120 or 1200?

    Sampanthan is no sucker but is clearly throwing a straw to help out GoSL struggling to keep afloat in the UNHCR sea.

  • 0
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    Once these people get everything they want they will turn the bullets against Government. They have done this millions of times in the past, so getting fooled is not the right thing to do. What do they promise in return? To let Sinhalese families to buy lands? Ask sampanthan to sign an agreement at least, surrendering all lands because Westerners force top do so.

  • 0
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    Mr. Sampanthan is a supreme realist who understands that unless he works in co-operation with the present Sirisena/Wicjremasinghe government doing WHAT IS POSSIBLE – which is politics, and not asking for THE IMPOSSIBLE – which is lunacy, it is very likely that we will not see any movement towards solutions to this burning issue in our lifetime.

    The government, watching its back all the time warily for the rabble rousing cynical JO to raise the “RATA-JATHIYA-AAGAMA” cry must tread wearily, while also handling a precarious economic situation. All parties who want to see a just and peaceful solution to the ethnic issue, creating a Sri Lanka where all communities are treated equally and live in peace need to keep in mind the distinction between a plethora of wishes and what is realizable in a given moment of time – we do not live in an ideal vacuum.

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