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* Sri Lankan President to meet families of missing persons today
Mon, Jun 12, 2017, 12:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Jaffna today to attend a special meeting of the Jaffna District Development Committee this morning to review the progress of the development activities in the North and future projects.

During the visit the President is expected to hold a special meeting with the family members of missing persons, officials said.

The Jaffna District Development Committee meeting will be attended by Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray and Jaffna Government Agent N. Vethanayagam along with Government officials assigned to post-war development activities in the North, according to officials.

Families of the disappeared in the North are holding a continuous demonstration for more than hundred days seeking to find the whereabouts of their family members disappeared after the war ended in 2009.

President Sirisena has informed the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray last month that he wishes to meet the families but due to the devastating floods situation in the South he will meet them within two weeks.

The President has informed the Governor that a committee will be appointed soon to inquire about the missing persons.

During his previous visit to Jaffna, the families did not get an opportunity to meet the President because of his tight schedule.

Meanwhile, the President at his Jaffna meeting today, is also expected to announce the Government's stance on establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP), Ceylon Today reported.

In 2016, the government passed a Bill in Parliament to establish a permanent Office of Missing Persons (OMP), however, President Sirisena, is yet to operationalize the office.

 


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