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LLRC reiterates importance of solving land issues

LLRC reiterates importance of solving land issues

2010 Dec 07

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commissions (LLRC) session at Kuchchaweli, Trincomalee, reiterated the importance of solving land issues in the Eastern province.
 
During the sessions, a large number of people, including the Chairman of Kuchchaweli Pradesheeya Sabha A. Thoufeek, complained that people were prevented from going back to their lands by government authorities who have reserved large areas of land for religious premises and hotel projects.

The commission received 146 submissions at Kuchchaweli, 53 on missing persons, 46 on detained family members, 31 on abductions and 16 others.

While missing persons and abductions dominate the LLRC outstation session, not addressing the sensitive land ownership issue will easily lead to resentment among the people, the Centre for Human Rights said, in a press release issued yesterday.

However, like in the Muttur sessions, a large number of individuals accused "The Tamil Group" of abductions and demanding money for the release of those who are abducted. Many welcomed the fact that the Chairman of the Commission C. R. de Silva immediately requested the Police to look into the matter.

More would have come to the sessions if not for the heavy rains which would have made it extremely difficult for the displaced, living in temporary shelters, to travel. This might have also played a hand is Muttur where the heavy rains had made travel impossible on the Kinniya and Kantale roads. The commissioners had to use trucks to travel to Muttur.

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