Sri Lanka says over 7 lakh war refugees resettled
Sri Lankan government claimed that it had succeeded in resettling over seven lakh war- displaced people in the north and eastern regions.
Colombo: Sri Lankan government on Thursday claimed
that it had succeeded in resettling over seven lakh war-
displaced people in the north and eastern regions, leaving
behind a little over 6,000 refugees in camps.
Gunaratna Weerakoon, the minister of resettlement told
reporters that the resettlement process had made commendable
progress, and that over 700,000 had been already resettled.
"Since the end to the war we have successfully resettled
724,135 people or 216,412 families," Weerakoon said.
Officials said this included all civilians displaced by
the government`s successful military campaign against the
Nearly 300,000 civilians crossed over to the areas of
government control during the last phase of the war in 2009.
Out of these only a small number remains to be resettled,
"There are only two camps of IDPs now. They are 6556
people of 1965 families," Weerakoon said, adding that they
were original settlers of Puthukudyiruppu in the northern
Mullaithivu district, a former LTTE nerve centre.
Their resettlement has been hampered by the non clearance
of land mines.
Weerakoon said that a jungle patch had been cleared to
resettle them and initially some 200 families would be
Sri Lanka`s resettlement of the conflict displaced has
received wide international support, including from India.