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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 107

Indian Tamils and Muslims chased out by the Tamil Tigers to be resettled in their original homes – Basil Rajapakse

Colombo, 07 October, (Asiantribune.com): About 5000 families, involving nearly 25,000 to 30,000 Tamils of the Indian origin chased out of Killinochchi and Mullaithievu districts by the Tamil Tigers of Tamil Elam in 1996 will be provided with permanent shelters by the Government of Sri Lanka. Basil Rajapakse: The Tamil Tigers who considered Tamils of Indian origin as being hostile agents who would work secretly against them moved fast to remove them from Mullathievu and later from KillinochchiBasil Rajapakse: The Tamil Tigers who considered Tamils of Indian origin as being hostile agents who would work secretly against them moved fast to remove them from Mullathievu and later from Killinochchi

Also Muslims from Arippu, Silavathurai and Musali in the Mannar districts who were chased out by the LTTE in October 1990, presently living in the refugee camps in the Puttalam districts, are to be resettled in their original places of abode.

Basil Rajapakse, Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka President told Asian Tribune that Tamils of the Indian origin were settled in the Kilinochchi and Mullaithievu districts by the NGOs and the Norwegian Red Barna in the 1980s.

He said that after the LTTE was chased out of the Jaffna district in December 1995, by the Sri Lankan Army, they settled down in the Mullaithievu district and later, after 1998, they controlled the Kilinochchi district also.

The Tamil Tigers who considered Tamils of Indian origin as being hostile agents who would work secretly against them moved fast to remove them from Mullathievu and later from Killinochchi

These Indian Tamils are presently living in several refugee centers in Vavuniya.

At present, Basil Rajapakse said that the Government is negotiating with the UNHCR, World Bank and with several NGOs regarding the permanent resettlement of these Tamils languishing in the refugee centers for more than a decade.

Basil Rajapakse added that Muslims in the Mannar districts too have been living in the refugee camps since 1991. After Sri Lanka armed forces wrested control of Arippu, Silavathurai and Musali areas from the LTTE, it is now possible to resettle them. He said that the security forces have given clearance for the resettlement of the Muslims living in the camps in Puttalam.

Basil Rajapakse said nearly 50 to 55 percent of the refugees in the Puttalam districts are from the Mannar district.

“Asian Tribune” asked about resettling the Muslims from the Jaffna district living at present in the refugees’ camps in Puttalam. Basil Rajapakse said that majority of those Muslims have not indicated their willingness to go back to Jaffna, an area under the government control. At present he said that male members are visiting Jaffna for business purposes.

- Asian Tribune -

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