Sept 28, Colombo: The People's Wall of Comradeship affiliated to Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the North should not be sent to another jungle calling it resettlement.
Co-convener of the Movement, JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti says that the resettlement of persons who have been displaced for over three years is a sensitive issue that needs to be handled carefully.
He observed that the government cannot wash its hands off the whole issue by settling the IDPs in a cleared jungle land.
He notes that claims made by the President and the government about resettling all displaced persons in the North have now proven to be false.
He explained that the government had said that the last 361 families in Menik Farm in the Wanni have been resettled, but they have not been resettled in their original homes and 110 families have been resettled in a newly cleared jungle area in the Seenimotta area in Mullaitivu.
Handunnetti said the government is boasting of resettling all the displaced in the North, but it has not happened in reality and called on the government to ensure that all IDPs are resettled in their original homes and help them re-build their lives.
The UN expressed concern over the 346 people of the 110 families, who are unable to return to their homes which are occupied by the military but said that although the displaced are unable to return to their former land, the government is providing them with land in another area.
The government says each resettled family was provided with dry rations, home electrical appliances and loans for self-employments and the military would assist them to build their houses.