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Warning over Muslim IDP issue

2013 Dec 19

Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen has warned that the Muslim IDP issue will get out of control if it is not addressed soon.

A statement by the Minister said that 100,000 Muslim IDPs continue to suffer as humanitarian agencies and even the Resettlement Ministry have turned a blind eye to their plight.

Bathiudeen said that when he was the Minister of resettlement he gave priority to resettle some 300,000 Tamil war displaced people despite Muslim IDPs remaining in makeshift camps in Puttalam and Anuradhapura for 22 years.

He said that while he was set to resettle the Muslim IDPs after the Tamils were resettled a new Minister took over as the Resettlement Minister and Muslim IDPs have since been ignored.

“Earlier we did not have any differences but the terrorists differentiated us and chased us away. When the war was over, all the Tamils were resettled but not the Muslims. The problem is these 100,000 Muslims are suffering a lot. Even from the Indian housing scheme, Muslims are not given their share. This is the correct time to clear the land issue,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)


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