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Urgent Attention To Resolve Land Disputes

Jul 9, 2011 2:18:42 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Land and Land Development Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has warned of the possibility of a different kind of terrorism erupting in the country over land disputes if they are not resolved.

Tennakoon addressing a ceremony in Pottuvil has said that land disputes needed to be resolved soon.

He has said that terrorist activities had contributed to the increase in land disputes as a large number of people, especially the Muslims, lost their residences and lands pushing them to the status of IDPs.

He has observed that the conflict in the North and East for the past three decades had compounded land disputes in theEasternProvince.

According to Tennakoon, the Land Ministry has decided to resolve land disputes in the Eastern Province on a priority basis since the LTTE had driven away a large number of Muslim families out of their lands and homes to distribute those lands among LTTE war heroes’ families creating a new group of IDPs in the Eastern Province.