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* Sri Lankan government seeks help from Muslim countries to help Muslims displaced from North
Tue, Oct 12, 2010, 10:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen says the government has requested aid from the Muslim countries to resettle the displaced Muslims in the country.

Bathiudeen has been quoted as saying that he and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa had explained to the ambassadors of several Muslim countries the circumstances under which more than 100,000 Muslims of the North became internally displaced.

He has said ambassadors from Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, and Libya participated in the meeting.

In 1990, the LTTE ethnically cleansed the Muslims out of Jaffna and other areas in Northern Province that was under their rein and most of the displaced Muslims lived for nearly 20 years in refugee camps in Puttalam in the Northwestern Province.



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