India has taken up IDPs’ issue with Sri Lanka: Sonia
Chennai: Expressing concern over some of
the displaced Tamil civilians still being lodged in camps in
Sri Lanka, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said India has
taken up the matter with that country so that they are
moved out of the camps at the earliest.
In her reply to a letter written by Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister M Karunanidhi on the issue, Gandhi said the Indian
government was extending whatever humanitarian and
resettlement assistance possible to alleviate hardships faced
by the displaced Tamil civilians.
The issue of resettlement and rehabilitation as well
as reconstruction process in the war ravaged areas had been
taken up at an appropriate level in Sri Lanka so that the
civilians would be able to move out of the camps at the
earliest, she said in the letter.
Around 25,000 of the total 2.90 lakh Tamil civilians
displaced due to the civil war are still lodged in various
camps in Sri Lanka.
Karunanidhi, whose DMK is part of the UPA government,
had written to Gandhi on October 8 in this regard.
Sonia Gandhi`s letter to the DMK chief was released to
the media by the state government today.
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