AB-21 road to be opened after 27 years


President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that the AB-21 road joins Kankasanthurai to Point Pedro, will be opened for the first time since June 20, 1990 for the public.

The President made these remarks addressing a public rally held in Jaffna.

‘Opening this road will help to reduce the 50 kilometer distance people have to travel’ the President said, adding that as the President, he will fulfill his responsibilities irrespective of differences to deliver the benefits of the development in a fair manner to people in Jaffna too.    

President Sirisena emphasized that he is committed to build national reconciliation and peace in the country and further said that he is ready to do whatever sacrifice to achieve this objective.

‘The people in the North as well as in the South elected him as the President of this country with the aspiration of creating a free and democratic society,’ the President said. He added that during the past three years he has done significant work in this regard.     

Already 75% of the process of releasing the lands to the displaced persons in Jaffna has been completed and the remaining lands will also be released to the people shortly, he said.

Addressing the gathering, the President recalling the voices raised by people about the missing persons said that he is committed to bring about justice in this regard.

The President further said that he is ready to provide assistance to family members of the missing persons to ensure their wellbeing and assured that upon their requests he is ready to hold discussions at any time. 

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