Sri Lankan leftist party accuses gov't for delaying refugee resettlements

09:47, May 19, 2010      

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Sri Lanka's leftist party JVP or the People''s Liberation Front Tuesday charged the government for its delay to resettle the rest of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were camped in welfare camps in Northern Province during the final phase of the war between the government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009.

Tilvin Silva, general secretary of the JVP told reporters that the government is planning to celebrate the first anniversary of the war victory in grand scale despite 77,000 IDPs are still being accommodated in welfare camps in the north.

About 280,000 IDPs were camped in welfare villages set up by the government in the north when the troops defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) in May last year.

The government has promised to resettle them in their native villages within 180 days which ended on Jan. 31.

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