Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera has revealed that plans are afoot to hand over the rest of the Northern young men and women in Rehabilitation Camps to their relatives before the end of this month. He made this disclosure when he met rehabilitated ex-combatants during their tour of the South.
The Minister said that many programmes were launched in the past to develop and improve the skills and talents of these youth at Rehabilitation Centres and to build North South friendship.
500 former LTTE cadres who have all undergone rehabilitation began a weeklong tour of the South yesterday. Titled “From Palmyrah Groves to Coconut Groves”, the programme is intended to make them aware of living in a united country. It is a part of the final phase of the rehabilitation programme at the Vavuniya rehabilitation camp. They were accorded a warm welcome on their arrival in Matara last night.
In addition to Ministers Dallas Alahapperuma and Chandrasiri Gajadheera, a large group of young men and women from Youth Brigades were present on this occasion. They were offered sweetmeats after participating in multi-religious observances at the Sanath Jayasuriya Grounds.
Some youths who are visiting the South said that they had hitherto lived from their childhood only in an environment which was rife with the sound of gunfire. They claimed that they did not have the opportunity of maintaining relations with the Sinhala community. They emphatically mentioned that the youth generation had the responsibility of moulding a courageous society changing attitudes.