Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tamils refugees in SL to be resettled by Jan 2010

Sri Lankan government hopes to resettle majority of war displaced Tamils by January next year, a senior minister has assured amidst rising pressure from the US and other western nations to send the Tamils home.

"The Government has consistently maintained that Internally Displaced Persons will be screened and released in a structured and well managed manner," Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

"We are hopeful of achieving our target of resettling a majority of IDPs by 31 January next year," he said.

Currently, tens of thousands of war displaced Tamils are languishing in special refugee camps and Washington, EU and human rights groups have called for their speedy repatriation back to their home.


Related Links:
Sri Lanka speeds refugees' return amid trade threat - Financial Times
Sri Lanka steps up Tamil releases - BBC

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