Army releases more private land in the North

The simple symbolic ceremony to release the land took place at the Thelippalai Divisional Secretariat in the presence of State officials and land owners.Major General Dharshana Hettiaarachchi, Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna symbolizing the formal release of those lands handed over the relevant documents to the District Secretary for Jaffna, N. Vethanayahan who was present, together with Thelippalai Divisional Secretary, State officials in both Jaffna and Thelippalai Secretariats, civilians and land owners. (Colombo Gazette) A total of 19.72 acres of land in Myladdy north and east inside the Palaly Army Cantonment and a portion adjoining it were released on Monday. The Sri Lanka Army has released more private land occupied by the military in the North, the Army media unit said today.The Army said that the land was released as part of its commitment to return state and private lands being used by the Security Forces in the North and East of the country. A small portion (0.25 acres) of the released land in Myladdy belongs to the State while the remainder is owned by private owners. read more

Annan condemns attack on Sri Lanka airport

A statement issued by his spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York late Thursday said Mr. Annan was “dismayed” at the attack in the country’s capital, Colombo. “The Secretary-General condemns this terrorist act and the disregard by the LTTE for the lives of civilians,” the statement said.”The Secretary-General urges all sectors of Sri Lankan society to make every effort to initiate and sustain a viable peace process,” the statement said. “He reiterates his support for the efforts of the Government of Norway to facilitate a negotiated political solution to the destructive conflict in Sri Lanka.” read more