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Defence Minister to discuss resettlement issues of Keppapiluv with PM today.


Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardane yesterday, said a meeting was due today with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss issues related to the resettlement of Keppapiluv in Mullaitive area.

The State Minister was replying to an adjournment motion forwarded by TNA MP Sumanthiran, regarding the protest carried out by the first owners of the lands in Keppapiluv which was now being used by the Sri Lanka Air Force.

State Minister Ruwan Wijewardane said he could arrange a meeting with the Air Force Commander-in-Chief, along with other Military commanders an the Vanni District Secretary to further discuss the issue concerned.

He also pointed out that the Sri Lanka Air Force was unaware that lands they occupied were private property, since they were assigned with these lands by the Wildlife Department during the times of war.

“The Air Force established an Air strip during the war time in this area as a national security measure. Now, the air strip is used not only for military purposes, but also for civil affairs.” Wijewardane pointed out.

All parties concerned, would be able to come to an amicable solution after several rounds of discussions, Wijewardane pointed out.

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