Defence Secretary officials discuss North land issue

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence B M U D Basnayake and a delegation from the Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs had talks today on the resettlement programmes of displaced persons in the North and the release of land held by the military.The army media unit said that Basnayake, who assumed duties after President Maithripala Sirisena was voted to power, undertook his first formal visit to the North during today, together with the tri-service Commanders. At the Security Force Headquarters, Major General Nandana Udawatte presented a briefing on the current situation in regard to release of lands in the High Security Zones to the rightful owners of the general public. In addition, Navy and Air Force Commanders in the Jaffna area gave separate briefings on their roles and tasks to the Secretary at the same occasion. Later in the evening, the Defence Secretary sat down with a delegation from the Ministry of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Affairs for a review on recent resettlement programmes of displaced persons in the North. (Colombo Gazette) The itinerary commenced with his arrival at the Security Force Headquarters – Jaffna (SFHQ-J) this morning where he was received by Major General Nandana Udawatte, Commander, SFHQ-J at the Palaly airport.

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