UK tells SL: Release North & East land
Minister hails rehab of ex-combatants
By Harischandra Gunaratna
Visiting British Minister Hugo Swire has called for the return of High Security Zone lands in the North, particularly in Walikamam North to the rightful owners.
This was revealed by Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan yesterday at a media briefing at his ministry in Colombo 03.
The Minister was addressing the media after having met Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for Sri Lanka, Hugo Swire. The minister quoted the British politician as having said that HSZ land should be released to their rightful owners.
The extent of land coming under the HSZ in Walikamam North only is about 800 acres, Swaminathan said.
"Swire also expressed willingness of the British government to assist the Sri Lankan government in implementing the task, co-ordinated by the UIN agencies as well as the EU," he said.