The lands of the people, still under the control of the Army even after end of the war should be released. Pressure should be exerted to expedite this action, insisted the the British Minister for Asia – Pacific Region, Mark Field.
Mark Field, on a visit to Sri Lanka met and conversed with the Northern Governor yesterday and insisted as above. The current situation of the North, the moves the government has undertaken and the moves that should be undertaken in the future regarding reconciliation, had been discussed in this discussion. Field had also indicated that Britain will offer full cooperation for the development work in the North.
Elaborating further, Field had pointed out the in the moves for Human Rights the right of living in their own lands is important and that the people are very expectant of release of their lands.
In reply the Governor pointed out that by increasing the investment in the North, employment opportunities could be provided to the youth. He had also pointed out his efforts in establishing Schools where students of all races could study together, to facilitate reconciliation.
He had also intimated to the Minister that the responsibility to release lands rest with the Government. The activities for releasing the lands are in progress and that very soon people will enjoy living in their own lands.