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Resettlement will be completed next month

Aug 20, 2010 11:26:47 AM - itnnews.lk

The Government has finalized arrangements to resettle the balance 10 percent displaced due to terrorist activities by the end of next month.

About 275,000 persons were displaced in the final stages of the humanitarian operations launched against the LTTE terrorists. They fled their homes and reached liberated areas through the No War Zone. The Government succeeded in resettling them gradually after the removal of mines planted by the terrorists. The number so far resettled exceeds 235,000. Accordingly only less than 28,000 are left to be resettled. It is about ten percent.

Presidential Advisor for Northern and Eastern Development Chandra Fernando is optimistic that they too could be resettled in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu District soon. He said that 95 percent had been resettled in the Mannar and Vvuniya District. When compared with conflict impacted countries, he claimed that the the progress achieved by Sri Lanka in resettling the displaced is significant. The Government intention is to meet all facilities needed by the resettled civilians, including the infrastructure.