UN bodies to coordinate resettlement efforts: Minister Swaminathan

UN bodies to coordinate resettlement efforts: Minister Swaminathan

UN bodies to coordinate resettlement efforts: Minister Swaminathan

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

23 Jan, 2015 | 9:25 am

Minister of Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan says that steps will be taken to resettle Sri Lankan refugees residing in India as well as those living in welfare camps and in the houses of their relatives .

The minister who outlined his plan for the 100-day programme stated that nearly 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees are currently in India while a further 26,000 continue to remain in welfare camps. However, the minister reiterated that plans to resettle people will be done in a manner which does not threaten national security.

According to a release issued by D.M. Swaminathan a group of officials including the Sri Lankan representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees had engaged in discussion with him. The minister also notes that the UN bodies in Sri Lanka agreed to coordinate the process of resettlement.

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