Sri Lankan military released 54 acres of land to 190 families

Vastavam web: Sri Lankan military said today it has released 54 acres of land to nearly 190 families from the minority Tamil community and ended its control over a major fishing harbor after almost 30 years in the former war zone of Jaffna. The release came as a positive response from the military to the long-standing demands of the Tamil people and supports the pledge of President Maithripala Sirisena, who vowed during his election campaign to work towards achieving reconciliation with the minorities.

The Sri Lankan Army said in a statement that 187 families, who reside as Internally Displaced Persons since 1990 will now be able to return to their lands and resume their fishing livelihood after an absence of nearly 30 years.The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ran a nearly three-decade separatist campaign leading to a bloody war with the Sri Lankan security forces.