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President Maithripala Sirisena defends return of land to Tamil minorities in North and Eastern Provinces: President Maithripala Sirisena on April 23 defended the new Government's policy of returning private land, once used by the Security Forces (SFs), to legitimate owners, especially in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, where Tamils and Muslims are present substantially. Sirisena, while addressing the nation through the electronic media, said "the 30 year conflict" [with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)] should not raise its head again. The Hindu, April 25, 2015.

Army releases 570 acres of land from High Security Zones in Jaffna District: The Army on April 10 released 570 acres of land from High Security Zones in Jaffna District to the District Secretary for Jaffna for distribution among rightful owners. The Army in a statement said, "Under today's phase, 397 acres from Kankasanthurai South and 173 acres from Valali in the Valikamam sector of Jaffna District have now been released to the District Secretariat, thus completing the extent of 1000 acres assured by the Government." Colombo Page, April 11, 2015. 

Army not to withdraw troops, camps from North, says Army Commander Lieutenant General Krishantha de Silva: The newly-appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Krishantha de Silva said that Sri Lanka Army has not withdrawn the troops or camps in the North. In an interview, the Army Commander has stressed that safeguarding territorial sovereignty was of paramount importance and assured to take all measures to prevent the resurgence of militancy in the North. The Commander added that the President, who is Commander-In-Chief, and he, himself are committed to achieving national security. Colombo Page, April 1, 2015. 

There is a real danger that LTTE could regroup, warns Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera: Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera on March 30 warned that there is a real danger that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could regroup and wage another war for an independent Tamil homeland, six years after they were militarily defeated. Perera said that "Their front organisations operate businesses abroad, they run petrol stations, supermarkets and have shipping companies." "Even though they have been defeated on the ground, there is a real danger of their trying to regroup," he said. His comments came after the Sri Lankan government pushed the European Union (EU) to again blacklist the LTTE. Colombo Page, April 1, 2015. 

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