MR-Tamil Nadu discuss IDPs

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured a delegation of Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu that war displaced Tamils would be resettled within three months.

A delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu belonging to DMK and Congress met Rajapaksa and submitted a memorandum requesting the Sri Lanka Government to take immediate steps for the rehabilitation of war displaced 80,000 Tamils.

President Rajapaksa admitted that there was delay in resettlement of war displaced Tamils. He said that the delay was basically because of elections in the country and the de-mining operations.

He informed the delegation that over 54,000 Tamils were displaced due to the civil war and they would be resettled in their towns and villages at the earliest. On political solution to ethnic issue of Tamils in Sri Lanka, President said that his government was committed to implement the 13th amendment under 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka accord. His government would initiate the steps for the purpose at the earliest.

Emerging out of the meeting with Sri Lankan President, DMK leader TR Baalu and Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar told reporters “We requested the President to take steps to resettle the 80,000 people who are still lodged in camps in northern Sri Lanka.” The delegation of 14 MPs expressed concern over the non-fulfillment of the assurance given by the Sri Lanka Government to rehabilitate all the Tamils in transit camps before December 2009.

The delegation also urged the Sri Lanka President to expedite the de-mining operations to ensure early return of Tamils to their respective homes from the camps. (Express Buzz)

  Comments - 22

  • Thursday, 10 June 2010 04:29 AM

    yes president has a bigger responsibility to put in action all commitments made in order to prove he is able to carry out all of them.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 09:20 AM

    Even GSP plus also internal matter.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 09:39 AM

    India is our big brother and the closest neighbor..
    US,UK brothers are living far away.If we face a crisis like food or medicine the wake up call is India.
    Mahinda knows it.
    That is why he respects India.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 09:45 AM

    You are correct Cynic. why do we need to tell India about our progress of re settlement or peace talks or whatever. Sri Lanka doesn't like India at all. But like India or not, we have to listen to India for many reasons. at this time.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:05 AM

    Yes we are in fools paradise

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 10:07 AM

    i totally agree with Cynics comment. i dont understand why the government is being a slave of india.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:13 AM

    "He said that the delay was basically because of elections in the country"
    I hope president did not utter these words. We are talking about resettlement of these people which is a basic human necessity, not a political game. If he said this, it clearly shows that this gvt is not genuing in looking after these people. SAD.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:29 AM

    More committed in what?

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:34 AM

    My dear friends, please ask your hearts and souls. Can you at least imagine being in a tent, where there is no electricity and clean drinking water? Can you spend at least one hour in extreme heat and heavy rain without shelter? Can you wait in a long line to use the toilets that are in worst condition? Can you at least imagine depending on others for your foods? Can you see your children suffering from diseases without medical care? Please forget the divisions. Let’s do something to rehabilitate the lives of these victims who have not committed any sin other than being a tamil in Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:35 AM

    Read between the lines. India builds 50,000 houses for IDPs. That's how MR is going to resettle them now after more than 1 year. 13 amendment is already implemented. MR didn't say he will implement it FULLY. Nothing new there.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:35 AM

    a country that racially divided can focus on that issue only. a country that has good harmony among its citizens and treats everyone equally, can focus on development and other social issue. in most asian countries, people talk more about politics than social issues that affects oridinary citizens

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:37 AM

    Tamils and Sinhales have so many social issues. Becasue of the ethnic problem, everyone is talking about that, instead of soical issues.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:05 AM

    Why do we not tell India that how we re-settle our own citizens is an internal affair!, We have already told UN, Britain and the Americans not to interfere with our internal matters!! Why dont we maintain our sovereignty. Why the double standards ? Is it because sovereignty varies as the square of the distance!!

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:09 AM

    On any thing. Either in WAR or in PEACE.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:13 AM

    You are correct. All races have same problems. But they are addresses individually (Race wise). As Tamils are minority, that has been highlighed more than others. Because Sinhalese are not going to complain about it ( even complain, there's no use) But, Tamil politicians make the best use of the issue for their benefit.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:36 AM

    Absolutely right !

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 03:23 AM

    was this a request or an order? the latter seem likely as the President for the 1st time admitted a lapse on his part for the delay in resettling the IDPs'.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 03:27 AM

    Good move. President is more committed than any other leaders in the past.

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 07:54 AM

    OK. Re-settling is an internal affair. But if we do not attend to it we invite others to poke in. I suggest those who talk to go and see a camp

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 08:31 AM

    DEW Gunasekera said they will be settled in 3 months, it's almost three months now. President too says 3 months, it will be 6 months in total. Has this delegation done a proper study before commenting?

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 04:05 AM

    What a shame !! How President can say Elections delayed resettlement? who asked for election ?

    Thursday, 10 June 2010 08:37 AM

    Because India helped Sri Lanka in winning the war.


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