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Karuna says issues are minor

2013 Dec 17

Deputy Resettlement Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says minor issues still remain to be addressed on the resettlement of war displaced people.

Speaking in Parliament today, the Deputy Minister said the Government needs time to complete the resettlement process and it hopes to do that by the end of next year.

Muralitharan says after 30 years of war it is impossible for one to expect the entire resettlement process to be completed in four years.

However, overall he says the Government has achieved a considerable task and this had been noted even by a UN envoy who visited Sri Lanka recently.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of IDPs, Chaloka Beyani, had said that a significant number of IDPs in Sri Lanka still live in protracted displacement, and tens of thousands others who have returned or have been settled elsewhere in the North live in very precarious conditions and need more durable housing, access to social services, and the creation of livelihood opportunities.

In a statement on his recent visit to Sri Lanka to assess the IDP situation, the UN envoy had said that key issues to address include protection of the physical integrity and bodily autonomy of women and girls and their reproductive rights, of children, feasible access to land, and a proportionate balance between justifiable military concerns of national security and freedom of movement and choice of place for IDPs seeking to return to their original places of residence. (Colombo Gazette)

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