Monday, March 31, 2008

Sri Lanka offering overseas jobs to Tamil rebels

Colombo, March 31 (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan government said Monday it was contemplating offering overseas jobs to Tamil Tiger rebels who surrendered to the authorities.

Keheliya Rambukwella, defence spokesman and minister of foreign employment told reporters that he had discussed the issue with the International Organization for Migration.

He said some 47 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) members who had surrendered in the northern Jaffna peninsula were being rehabilitated in two centres.

Some 11 former LTTE members had already been released and gone on jobs overseas, said the spokesman.

Rambukwella said the government has put up posters offering financial help and foreign employment to the members of LTTE's suicide squad.

'This was an action taken purely on humanitarian grounds,' Rambukwella said, adding that the government wanted to offer an alternative to the LTTE members in order to prevent destructive action by them.

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