The navy promised to release only the area where people in extent of 186 acre in Iranaitheevu. They said the all of the Northern part is needed for anti drugs smuggling and radar operation and they could not be released.
A discussion was held at the Mulankavil Navy Base with regard to release of lands of people in Iranaitheevu of the Kilinochchi District , presided by the State Minister for Defence, Ruwan Wijewardena. The release of Lands could be considered if they are measured and demarcated. But the St. Antony’s church in that area could not be released immediately and the pier also is in the use of the Navy. All other she shores are filled up with algae, they said.
Intervening here MP, Charles Nirmalanathan insisted that, although the whole beach could not be released, at least 400 meters should be released. We cannot accept what was said by the Navy that algae which had grown along the beach will be destroyed if they are released. This is a matter for Fisheries and Aqua Resources and NARA. Our people’s livelihood is fishing. If the beaches are not released , what will they do?, he asked.
According a decision taken here the Divisional Secretary will make arrangement for survey to be undertaken in Iranaitheevu. Several people including the State Minister for Defence, Minister for Resettling, D.M.Swamynathan, MPs, Charles Nirmalanathan and S.Sritharan, Districts Additional Secretary, Sathiyaseelan, Navy Officers, Parish Priest and the are people participated in this discussion.