Colombo, Jan 4 (PTI): Sri Lankan Army chief Lt General Mahesh Senanayake said on Tuesday that the military would commit itself to activate the national reconciliation mechanism in 2019 by helping redress the issues of the victims of the three-decade long civil war.
In his New Year message, he pledged that civilian lands held by the state in the country’s Northern and Eastern provinces would be legally handed back to their owners this year, further demonstrating the army’s commitment to achieve long lasting peace.
Sri Lanka witnessed three-decades-long civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during which the military occupied civilian lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces for military purposes.
Since the end of the armed conflict in May 2009, a considerable part of private lands were released to the original owners. However, Tamils demand that civilian lands held for military purposes be fully released to their original owners.