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* Around 5,000 Muslims in Sri Lanka have gone missing during war
Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 07:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 04, Colombo: The Presidential Commission to investigate alleged abductions or disappearances of persons resident in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 says that around 5,000 Muslims have gone missing in the country during the period of the war.

Head of the Commission, Maxwell Paranagama has said that the Commission has received around 5,000 complaints from Muslims about disappearances.

A group of Muslims led by Eastern Provincial Councilor Sibly Farouk has reportedly met with the head of the Commission in Colombo and discussed the possibility of paying compensation to the families of Muslims killed by the LTTE in the Batticaloa District.

Paranagama has requested the group to bring family members of the missing persons for individual discussions.

The Commission will visit the Batticaloa area next month for hearings.

The Commission which commenced its public sittings from January 18th - 21st in Kilinochchi district has received approximately 13,700 complaints from all parts of the country, including approximately 9,300 from civilians and 4,300 from security personnel.

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