EU satisfied with resettlement process

The European Union (EU) said today it was satisfied with the resettlement process in Sri Lanka despite a few more families still remaining in camps even three years after the war ended.

The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bernard Savage said that the Sri Lankan government should be commended for the efforts it took to resettle most of the war displaced people.

The government came under severe criticism for the conditions of the displacement camps in which thousands of people were temporarily sheltered in the north soon after the war ended in May 2009.

The government resettled most of the people but a few more still remain, despite an assurance by the government last year that all displacement camps will be shut by last January.

Savage noted however that all the major camps for the war displaced have now been shut and appreciated the efforts taken by the international community to support the Sri Lankan government to send home those affected by 30 years of war.

The EU meanwhile today announced a new grant package of EUR 16 million to assist the families resettled in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Savage said that the funds will be used mostly for the families in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi in the north, two areas which bore the brunt of the war during the final stages.

The Ambassador also said that the EU will continue to support Sri Lanka despite the volatile economic conditions in Europe.