Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said that the certificate of absence is only a temporary measure.
He said the certificate will help family members of those missing obtain services from Government institutions which requires either a death certificate or other form of accepted documentation.
The Minister said that the proposal to issue a certificate of absence has been given cabinet approval and it is now before the Attorney General.
Families of missing persons who are not convinced of the death of their relatives are eligible to receive the certificate of absence. (Colombo Gazette)