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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2866

Lands Confiscated by Tigers will be Given Back to Muslims - Pillaiyan

Colombo, 07 May, ( Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliayan, leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal told the Asian Tribune that all communities-Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims were determined to work together. He assured everyone that if elected as Chief Minister he would work closely with everyone. "I will solve the issues relating to land which the Muslims are perturbed. I have already listened to the grievances of the Sinhalese from the Mangalagama village when a group led by Ven Sobitha thera met me. We will work with the leaders of the Muslim community in the east and solve the land problem confronting the Muslims and Tamils in the Eastern Province, mainly in the Batticaloa district."Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliayan: “I will solve the issues relating to land which the Muslims are perturbed."Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliayan: “I will solve the issues relating to land which the Muslims are perturbed."

Pilliayan speaking to Asian Tribune said that hundreds of acres of land mainly belonging to the Muslims in the east were taken over by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who right from the very beginning considered Muslims as their No. 1 enemy. I will settle this problem once and for all, he said

This is the text of his interview with Asian Tribune:

In the nineties Vanni Tigers gave two hours notice to quit to the Muslims in the Jaffna districts in particular and the Muslims in the Northern Province in general and chased them out of the Northern Province. Still these Muslims, more than 100,000 of them are languishing as refugees majority of them in the Puttalam district.

Similarly after the Indian Peace Keeping Forces left Sri Lanka LTTE occupied the Eastern Province and was involved in the massacre of Muslims in the East and also forcefully acquiring the lands belonging to them.

Pillaiyan said after he took over the leadership he took measures to register Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal as a political party so that members could enter the democratic mainstream and lead the Eastern province to a new dawn.

Pilliayan further said that if he is elected as the Chef Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council, he has two urgent agendas to fulfill.

One is to provide opportunities for the youths in the East so that they may be able to organize their livelihood.

The other equally important agenda is to establish peace and harmony by establishing cordial relationship amongst Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese communities living in the East.

With the view to establish brotherly relationship with the Muslims of the East, he said he will work very closely with the Muslim leaders of the East such as Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, M.L.M. Hisbullah , (Mrs.) Ferial Ashraff, A. L. M. Athaullah, M. N. Abdul Majeed, Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, Basheer Cegu Dawood, S. Nijamudeen, M. M. Musthapha and also with Minister Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen.

Pilliyan said with the guidance and advise of the Muslim leaders of the east he will come forward to immediately settle the land issue of the Muslims in the East in general and of the Batticaloa district in particular.

Pillaiyan told Asian Tribune that Fareed Mohaideen of the All Umma and a great Muslim Social worker was in constant touch with him and he continuously urged him to settle the land problem confronting the Muslims.

Pillaiyan said that he gave an undertaking to Fareed Mohideen that once he has some authority, he will settle this issue land to the satisfaction of the Muslims and the Tamils.

However, Pillayan expressed his regret that Fareed Mohideen is no more, as he has suddenly passed away, but assured that he would set up a committee to go into the land problem and check all those land deeds and other relevant documents presented to the committee with the Land Registry and see that lands are returned to the rightful owners as early as possible.

Pillaiyan said he wish to appeal to Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, who is also the Leader of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress to cooperate with him to solve this issue immediately after the Eastern Provincial Councils election is over.

In the mean time a delegation of the Sinhalese from the Batticaloa border village of Mangalagama led by Ven Sobitha Thero met Pillaiyan and anounced that they have decided to support him in the Eastern Provincial Council election.

About 50 delegates of the Sinhalese village led by Ven. Sobitha Thero when met, Pillaiyan assured to them that he will strive hard to solve their security problems within a period of three months time.

It should be pointed out that this was the first time Sinhalese majority community in this country has come forward to render their unstinted support to a Tamil leader from the minority community.

The delegates told that Pillaiyan is not the leader of a particular community but a Leader of the entire people of the east.

- Asian Tribune -

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