Monday, February 23, 2009

Strategies for better conditions of IDPs

(Colombo Lankapuvath February 22) The Government’s commitment is to give its best to the civilians fleeing the LTTE-held areas. They will be resettled as soon as possible, Senior Presidential Advisor, MP Basil Rajapaksa, who is in-charge of the Eastern and Northern resettlement programmes, said.
There is no difference between the resettlement strategies adopted in the East and Vanni. But this time the President wants to provide maximum facilities and security to these people. In fact he wants to resettle them in their own habitats as soon as possible. But the prevailing security situation is not healthy enough to resettle them in those areas immediately; Mr. Rajapaksa said responding to criticism of international media regarding the resettlement programmes for Vanni IDPs.

This whole Program has four stages:

first is to provide facilities, refreshment and medical care, as soon as the IDPs crossed the FDLs.

Secondly registering them, within two days, they will be transported by buses and boats to Vavuniya and Trincomalee, where they are provided shelter, food and sanitary facilities at temporary camps.

Third stage is set to transferring IDPs to temporary villages.

Fourth stage is to resettle them in their original lands.

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