Sri Lanka: Displaced Muslims of the North to be resttled
The displaced Muslims of the North are to be soon resettled in their original places in the Northern Province.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa while addressing the internally displaced Muslim women assured that all Muslims who were driven out of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar in the Northern province would be resettled in their homes soon.
The Muslims who lived for centuries in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar were expelled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the internationally declared terrorist organization, in October 1990.
The Tamil terrorist group forcibly evicted nearly 100,000 Muslims from the Northern Province, to achieve their unsuccessful goal of mono ethnic Tamil state.
These Muslims who are evicted from the North are at present languishing as internally displaced person, since 1990, in the Puttalam district.
No measures were undertaken by the previous governments to resettle the displaced Muslims back in their homes in the North.
But yesterday, Sri Lanka President invited about 1,000 displaced Muslim women to the Temple Trees and had lunch with them and later addressed them.
He told the displaced Muslim women, as the Government was able to defeat the LTTE and end terrorism in the country, now a conducive situation has emerged to resettle the displaced Muslims back in the Northern Province.
He told the Muslim women who participated in the meeting held in the Temple Trees to consider him as their own brother and one amongst them.
He said that he will start the process of their resettlement soon.
In the meeting held at the Temple Trees, Alavi Moulana, Governor of the Western Province, Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen – Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services, A.H.M Azwer, Advisor to Sri Lanka President and several others participated.