Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sri Lanka on guard for separatist revival

GENEVA, June 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is keeping a close eye for signs of separatism among the hundreds of thousands of people made homeless by its civil war, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka's minister of disaster management and human rights stressed that work is under way to root out remaining insurgents who may jeopardise the Indian Ocean island's fragile peace.

"The government of Sri Lanka will continue with its efforts to weed out terrorists who have infiltrated the ranks of IDPs (internally displaced persons) and the civilian population," Mahinda Samarasinghe told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

He said that his government is also busy demining the former war zone and providing aid to ethnic Tamil and other survivors.

"To sustain these initiatives we need to be on our guard against any attempts to revive and revitalise separatism, disunity and destabilisation," he told the forum which last week held a two-day session on Sri Lanka's 25-year separatist war.

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