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The government said it will welcome more Tamil refugees who fled the country to India and want to return home after nearly three decades of war with the LTTE, a top minister has said.

"They have been returning from time to time, in small groups. My ministry along with the defence ministry would jointly welcome them if more want to return. They could be resettled in their places of origin," resettlement minister GunaratneWeerakoon told PTI.

According to statistics more than 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees are in Tamil Nadu, out of which some 68,000 are housed in 112 government-run camps. More than 5,000 Lankans have returned to the island nation under a UNHCR-facilitated voluntary repatriation scheme. They are the Tamils who fled fighting in the north and east during the separatist military campaign of LTTE.

Since the war ended in 2009, normalcy is returning gradually to the former conflict zones in Sri Lanka. A large number of the nation's Tamils fled overseas, mostly to Western nations and India, in the wake of the conflict between the government and LTTE in the mid-1980s. The Sri Lankan army defeated LTTE in May 2009 to end the nearly three decades of bloody civil war.
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  • lal Monday, 03 September 2012 12:58 AM

    The unfortunate victims of genocidal, racist, LTTE deserve the peaceful, clean environment they once had in Sri Lanka. Speed up the process of settlement to escape from dirty hellhole of Tamil Nadu. Welcome home!

    nicky karunarathna Monday, 03 September 2012 01:54 AM

    This is not a wise move. TN is their home country where they belongs. Their culture, their language, their traditions and their brethren lives.Let them live among with their own siblings rather than disturbing them sake of apeasing TNA to collect more votes and asking for sepearte state subsequently. When their numbers are up in that part of the world they will have a voice whatever we do to them. These people never get satisfy whatever good we do to them. That's their peranial attitude.

    perera winston Monday, 03 September 2012 02:54 AM

    welcome back boosa detention +menic farm camps are free
    now

    Nodrog Sunday, 02 September 2012 10:58 AM

    Oh I'm sure they're more than ready to return to SL after staying in the hell-hole camps in TN.

    Subbiah Monday, 03 September 2012 04:30 AM

    Unlike those Tamils who seek refuge in the West the refugees in TN are war victims who need sympathy.

    Such Tuesday, 04 September 2012 06:48 AM

    Very true mate.

    Mike Samson Monday, 03 September 2012 06:59 AM

    sri lankan government must be very careful when taking back these refugees because some indian tamils too who are sick and fed-up of living in tamil may enter the country as sri lankans.

    SHAN NALLIAH Monday, 03 September 2012 04:47 PM

    YOU NEVER RESPECT/INCLUDE TAMILS! LEAVE THEM ALONE IN NESL..!!!

    SHAN NALLIAH Monday, 03 September 2012 04:49 PM

    STILL THERE ARE MANY 1000s IN DETENTIONS! MANY 1000s NOT ALLOWED TO GO TO THEIR PROPERTIES! GOD PUNISH YOU ALL NOW!

    Hussain Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:21 PM

    The grass is no greener on the other side. Is it?

    Jayalath Sunday, 02 September 2012 08:31 PM

    Indians go without food, shelter or education while our fellows enjoy all these benefits "Summah".
    The war is over 3 years ago and why are they there still?


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