Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the eviction of tsunami affected people from their traditional habitat is not in keeping with international law and principles and expressed concern about the obstinate moves taken by the Government.
Addressing the UNP parliamentary group at the parliamentary complex on Monday (21) he said that it is the responsibility of the Government to allocate land from areas of their choice to those who opt to leave their traditional habitat.
`According to the World Bank report the 100-metre rule applies only to the area ravaged by the tsunami and those which are likely to be affected in the future` he said.
He requests the Government to act according to the principles contained in the World Bank report if the 100-metre rule is to be imposed.
Mr. Wickremesinghe also emphasized the need to rally round against the anti socialist moves of the Government. `The UNP programme to provide relief to the people should be pushed forward and the programme to get S.B. Dissanayake released should be strengthened he said, adding that the UNP parliamentary group should meet often during the coming two or three weeks to discuss the forward programme.