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President’s Deepavali Message; All lands under military including religious places of worship will be released

President Sirisena has stated that 90 percent of the lands held by the security forces in the North has already been released and instructions have already been given out to release other lands belonging to temples, churches and temples in the North.

This was stated in a statement issued by the Presidential media unit for the Deepavali festival.

According to the statement, the President has made these remarks while addressing the Deepavali celebrations at the President's House yesterday (05).

The statement also said that the president had actively looked into the problems faced by the people in the North during the past three years. However, it further stated that one of the reasons for the president to appoint another Prime Minister was the inability to solve the issues faced by the masses in the North.

The statement also said that the President will actively look into the problems faced by Tamil political prisoners in the North. The President will task the Attorney General to come up with a concessionary programme to negate the political prisoner issue with the participation of Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan and the Tamil National Alliance.

President had also quipped that he discussed this issue with the new Prime Minister and reiterated that his political stance on issues faced by the Tamil people in the North remains unchanged.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, Minister Douglas Devananda, Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray had also participated.

The full text of the President's Deepawali message:

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