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Michael Zwack the UNHCR Representative in Sri Lanka said they were concentrating more on Sri Lankan refugees in foreign countries rather than focusing on displaced people within the country.

“As time goes by we will be less involved in allocating and returning the internally displaced and will concentrate on the displaced overseas. We support refugees from countries such as India, Malaysia and Indonesia to come back to Sri Lanka and settle here,” Mr. Zwack said during a visit to Vavuniya today.

Praising the development in Kilinochchi, he said, “The change in Kilinochchi is unbelievable. Your find supermarkets and proper public transport available for the people. We do not assist the displaced by building permanent houses. But we do help larger donors and governments with assistance in selecting proper beneficiaries and provide guidelines when it comes to permanent housing projects,” Mr. Zwack said. (Wanni-Romesh)


  Comments - 4

  • channa Friday, 25 May 2012 02:19 PM

    Well said....The US,UK and the Europeans should come and check for themselves before believing the lies of the LTTE diaspora.

    Hussain Friday, 25 May 2012 04:31 PM

    The truth is coming out. The IDP's in Sri Lanka are much better off than those who fled S/L, being 2nd or 3rd class citizens in the West. Thank you very much sir for pointing this out. S/L has taken care of the problem of IDPs for the best of their ability and there is no discrimination, although the Diaspora Tamils would like to think so.

    Shantha Friday, 25 May 2012 06:09 PM

    I was in the Refugee camp in '83 and moved to India for 13 months and managed to come to the UK as a refugee as life was stagnant in Indian Camps. I was gainfully employed in the UK. I would like to invest in the New Sri Lanka, my Motherland and also help other refugees like my family provided there is proper security in the North.
    There may be many Sri Lankans Like me.

    G.Ratnaweera Friday, 25 May 2012 06:31 PM

    Being a Sri Lankan, (i am Buddhist/sinhalese)i am proud of you brother(shantha), you may be a tamilian, but it is only for name, you and me have same Lankan blood.ppl like you are the asset of a country, you had to underwent very difficult period, but finally your blood says you are a true son of mother lanka and you realise the neccsry of helping your brothers and sisters in sri lanka. pls come back and direct all the communities to the right track, we are ready to serve you.
    Budu Saranai
    G.Ratnaweera -Kandy

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