Indian delegation visit Lankan war displaced

A high level Indian delegation visited a war displacement camp in the north of Sri Lanka today and interacted with the people.

The Resettlement Ministry said that the delegation led by the Indian opposition leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj inquired on the wellbeing of the displaced people at the camp in Chettikulam.

Resettlement Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon informed the delegation that some 6500 war displaced Tamils who are still in the camp will be resettled by June this year.

The war displaced people interacted with the Indian delegation for several minutes and later government officials briefed the Indians on efforts taken to resettle the families following the final stages of the war between the military and the LTTE.

The military defeated the rebels in May 2009 but the fighting saw thousands being displaced in the north, especially from areas which were under rebel control.

The Indian delegation began their tour to Sri Lanka on Tuesday with talks in Colombo which included meeting with Tamil political parties.

The Indian delegation, which consists of members from India’s ruling Congress party, the BJP, CPM, SP, BJD and JD(U) will also meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during their six day tour to the country.

Two major political parties from Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK and DMK, withdrew from the delegation at the last minute as they felt the visit will merely be a sightseeing tour.

The AIDMK led by Jayalalitha Jeyaram and DMK led by M. Karunanidhi, have been calling on the Indian government to act on human rights concerns in Sri Lanka.

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