Written by Staff Writer
17 Nov, 2013 | 10:18 pm
Addressing the Media at the CHOGM Media Centre on Sunday evening, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that Sri Lanka has a domestic process to address the challenges in a post conflict scenario adding that Sri Lanka is no longer a colony of any country.
He further stated,
“Sri Lanka is no longer a colony of any country. We are an independent nation And we have enjoyed this independence since 1948. And we have a constitution and we are guided by this constitution and we have laws in this country, which we are guided by. We are not there to be dictated to by anyone as far as time-lines or time-tables are concerned. We have a domestic process which has been put into place to address the challenges in a post conflict scenario, We are committed towards moving towards comprehensive reconciliation. We have a time-table of our own. And we are justifiably proud of what we have achieved in period of four years. And we will work towards overcoming further challenges. We are moving rapidly forward. And we are quite confident that we are moving towards achieving comprehensive reconciliation. I must be clear that we are not subject to pressures from outside we are not receptive to such pressures either. We understand our people better that anyone else. We are more committed that anyone else towards our people.”
Secretary to the President , Lalith Weeratunga also convening a press conference at the same venue where he commented on the land problems in the north.
“During the LTTE period in the Northern Province in particular They had their own favourites. A piece of land to be given to person A, and if the lands is legitimately owned by person B, They simply evict the man B, ask the man A to go and occupy that land. As you know a lot of people have come back. He comes to his own village or town and says = this is my land. l want it back. Unfortunately, the land registers in most of these lands were burnt by the LTTE. And therefore we have a huge problem in accessing authentic government records. What we rely on are what people will say. Unfortunately some of those people that fled, you run for your life. You don’t wait to collect your documents. The Government has to do what ever it does in a legitimate manner. They cannot simply evict that man who is presently in that piece of land. The Government will have to ask him, look have you got any kind of documentation or any evidence or any proof ownership? That is why I say that land issues are complex it will also take a long time for us to resettle them. But I must tell you the best progress that we have seen strangely is also in the land area.”
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