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5400 acres private land in Jaffna still under military occupation

Over 5400 acres of private land in Jaffna is still under military occupation, the government agent N. Vethanayagam has said.

Of the 5400 acres of land still occupied by the army, 4700 acres fall within Valikamam North.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting about releasing military lands held between Tamil parliamentarians and military representatives at the Jaffna District Secretariat on Monday, Mr Vethanayagam said that consensus was being reached through these meetings which were taking place in each district.

Mr Vethanayagam also claimed that while private lands would be released, public lands would be allocated for military use and that some land had already been identified for this purpose.

He said that such meetings would continue so that as many private lands as possible could be released.