The Chief Minister of the NPC, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran and I have continued to insist that the army that had occupied the lands of the Tamil people in North and East should be removed from them and people should be re-settled immediately and that, if and only if the Army is removed from North and East, the re-settlement of the people will be possible. If the forces are not removed and re-settlement speeded up, large scale struggles will explode. These struggles will be more intensive than those held during the former regime, warned the TNA MP and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran.
He said this in response to the Prime MInister,Ranil Wickremasinghe’s statement that the Army will have to take decision about the re-settlement of the people.
Elaboratying further he said, the re-settlement in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, is related to the Army getting out of lands of the people. For, these are the lands owned by the people, but had been diseased by Army.
Partricularly, in Jaffna district 99% of the lands diseased by the army are peoples lands with deeds. Very small part of the lands is not owned by the people.
More than 40,000 people who belong to around 10,000 families in several places of the Jaffna district including Valli North and Vadamaradchchi are waiting for re-settlement. Their waiting is extended not for one or two years but for several years.
The statement now of the Prime Minister that, the Army had to decide regarding the re-settlement of the people is strongly condemnable. Several questions rise as to, who is the Army to decide about the re-settlement of the people? What is the connection between the Army and the re-settlement of the people? Are we to talk to the Army instead of the Government , regarding the re-settlement of the Tamil people?
If they say that the army had to decide on the resettlement , there will be no point in us talking to this government.
He expressed concern that, due to the contradicting statements of the Prime Minister and other ministers, the faith we had in this government is getting weakened.