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Tuesday, July 31 , 2012 - 5.25 GMT
Repatriation of Lankans displaced in TN to be expedited


The Ministry of External Affairs has speed up the process of repatriation of Sri Lankans displaced in Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka.

Steps will be taken through Sri Lanka’s Hiigh Commissioner in Chennai to work out the repatriation of the displaced who have confirm their consent to return to the country, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said.

“Our Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to provide necessary travel documents to those refugees who will indicate their willingness to be repatriated,” he said.

Over 800 Sri Lankan refugees arrived in Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu recently. They have been resettled in the North and East,” said Amunugama. “We have to formulate a policy which covers all types of repatriation, including those failed asylum seekers,” he said.

“Bilateral talks will be held with the Indian government with regard to their repatriation soon. Arrangements will be made to bring them home with the support of the Indian government using new ships and flights after bilateral negotiations,” he said. Since the release of the National Action Plan to implement LLRC recommendations, immediate attention has been drawn towards the repatriation of refugees in Tamil Nadu camps," the Secretary said.


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