Ranil to table missing persons list in Parliament

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Opposition United National Party (UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to table a document comprising the names of 472 people who are known to have disappeared in Mannar during the war.  

The document will be tabled in Parliament at the request made by Mannar Bishop the Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph and the Association of Families Searching for Disappeared Relations.

The request was made when Mr. Wickremesinghe met the Mannar Bishop and the members of this Association yesterday.

 “I will definitely take this up in Parliament but I am not too sure whether the government is prepared to do anything about it,” he said responding positively to the request made by the Bishop.  

The Association President M. Udayachadran said they only wanted a closure to this matter by knowing whether their loved ones were dead or alive.
“If we definitely know that our loved ones are dead we can engage in religious observances,” she said'

Ms. Udayachandran said there were a large number of young girls whose husbands are missing and they would be able remarry if it was confirmed that their spouses were dead.

The Mannar Bishop in his one to one meeting with Mr. Wickremesinghe had stressed the need for a proper system of resettlement and urged that those displaced be resettled in their original places of residence. Earlier Rev. Fr. E. Sabamalan who spoke on behalf of the clergy said there was racism when it came to resettlement and pointed out that there was little consideration given to Tamils specially by the politicians in the area.

 “In fact all political leaders are racially minded today,” he said.

Mr' Wickremesingh in response said the government cannot acquire land according to the assurance it have the UN in 2009 as it was assured that all displaced people will be given their lands back' However he said compensation should be paid if there is any acquisition' Also he recalled that a clause was included in Ceasefire Agreement ( CFA)  in 2002' He said the government reserved the right to take over land for defense purposes under this agreement' (YP)





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  • Cobra Monday, 29 April 2013 05:40 AM

    He should make sure that the list also contains the names of the "Matale Men'!

    renu Monday, 29 April 2013 07:39 AM

    The list must be a long one, We need to find who is reponsible for giving orders. Will Ranil be able to table that list too. The international community wants that information too

    sathya Monday, 29 April 2013 05:46 AM

    It will be helpful if he heads the list of missing persons in Sri Lanka

    saradiyal Monday, 29 April 2013 05:53 AM

    List of people left the party since RW took over?

    SHMNG Monday, 29 April 2013 11:51 AM

    What about the list for the large number of UNP votes lost since he took over the leadership of the party?

    crow Monday, 29 April 2013 06:20 AM

    Are you A genuine person?

    Cancer Monday, 29 April 2013 06:17 AM

    ONLY 472? Go tell the UN it's only 472 and NOT 40,000!

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 29 April 2013 09:58 AM

    After that? You Ranil like a mushroom. No continuous programme to lead your party.

    Mdan Monday, 29 April 2013 10:00 AM

    Read it properly before you comment mate. It says missing people in Mannar

    Antony Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:31 AM

    Hope Ranil will submit the list of people missing and killed during 88-89 too, including Batalanda.

    nalin Monday, 29 April 2013 10:04 AM

    Ranil what about your personal list you personaly responsible during 1997 to 99.

    Sujith Monday, 29 April 2013 06:52 AM

    ranil should settle in there. when he doesn't care about the rest of the country...poda...

    Rath Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:02 AM

    Go and check..Most of missing persons seeking Asylum in X-mas Island.Autstralia.

    Nadi Karunaratne Monday, 29 April 2013 06:58 AM

    Half the time he is missing himself.

    moda pissa Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:58 AM

    Are you kidding, saradiel ? The number of disgusted partymen would be thousands of times more !

    meenavan Monday, 29 April 2013 05:18 AM

    In fact not only political leaders are racially minded but clergies and Rev.also racially minded

    Change now Monday, 29 April 2013 11:07 AM

    Ranil, my dear friend. I have not forgotten that Rayappu Joseph was one of the mentors of Prabhakaran. No wonder you have not had any good luck for more than two decades.

    moda pissa Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:18 AM

    With this single statement, RW has lost very many votes, and many more the day he tables the document in the parliament. Somebody please save the grand old party from this guy !


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