British High Commissioner makes observations after visit to Northern Province

British High Commissioner makes observations after visit to Northern Province

Written by Staff Writer

08 Sep, 2014 | 10:02 pm

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin states that there continues to be a number of challenges faced by the residents of Puthukkudiyiruppu .

He made this statement on a video posted on the British High Commission in Sri Lanka’s website following a three-day visit to the Northern Province recently.

Following are the comments made by John Rankin:

The last time I met the families from this area was three years ago when they were in Menik Farm. And they were just leaving Menik Farm to come back to their land here. The good news is that they are back in their land, but there are still many challenges here. The people are not yet in permanent homes. There are issues over access to good fresh water. Issues over access to employment with – still a high unemployment rate here – amongst young people unable to make full livelihoods, and of course still families have questions about what happened to their loved ones, during the conflict. Questions which so far have not been fully answered but what will need to be answered as part of the long term reconciliation process in Sri Lanka”

 

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