US concerned over 'rushed' resettlement of Lankan



Colombo: The US on Thursday expressed concern over the "rushed" resettlement of the last batch of Tamils displaced during Sri Lanka's decade-long civil war that ended in 2009.

"We remain concerned about the rushed resettlement of the final IDPs to close the Menik Farm camp. Many of the most vulnerable families of the war-affected population in the North have been placed on land hastily cleared without adequate shelter, water and sanitation, or provisions to continue their livelihoods," US Embassy said in a statement.

The statement said many long term internally displaced persons (IDPs) remain unable to return home or access basic services from the government. Last month, the UN had also expressed similar concerns.

While welcoming the closure of the Menik Farm camp which housed the IDPs since the end of the military campaign in 2009 the UN said it was concerned about people being resettled in state land while they await to hear about their original locations and if compensation would be paid if they could not return to their own lands. Tamil parties alleged that the last batch of IDPs had been resettled under very harsh conditions by leaving them in the middle of a thick jungle.

The Menik Farm, set up in 2009, was once the world's largest displaced camp. It sheltered a near 300,000 Tamil civilians who fled the fighting between the government troops and the LTTE.

PTI