Monday, September 01,  2008
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The army has released a small section of the High Security Zone (HSZ) situated in Ariyalai east between railway tracks and the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road. Army headquarters has authorised the release of 103 acres of cultivable paddy fields on the recommendation of Jaffna Commander Major General G. A. Chandrasiri.
Inter-Agency Standing Committee which represents all INGOs including UN agencies has confirmed the release of land in its latest bulletin.
A senior army spokesman based in Jaffna said the 73 families would be benefited. "We have already given them access to their land. They’ll be issued special identity cards," he said.

The rapid progress on the Vanni front has had a positive impact on the Jaffna peninsula where armed forces are gradually easing restrictions on the civilian community as a confidence building measure. The Nallur kovil festival has attracted a large section of the civilians living in the peninsula. A section of the crowd at Saturday’s ceremony held under heavy security forces presence. Jaffna Security Forces Headquarters estimated at least 100,000 devotees at the annual festival.

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