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The 10-member DMK-Congress-VCK delegation led by T R Baalu, met the president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday. The President has told the visiting MPs that resettlement of the 250,000 Tamil war refugees was a “priority” for him.

But he has made it clear to them that they will not be sent back to their villages before they were cleared of landmines which the LTTE had planted before withdrawing.

Discussing about a political settlement, President Rajapakse has said “any settlement must be one that is accepted by all communities and by Sri Lanka’s neighbors,” He has emphasised the multi-ethnic nature of Sri Lankan society, referring to the 65 per cent of Tamils who live outside the provinces of north and east, mostly in and around Colombo.

He has also pointed out Fears about the coming monsoon rains were been raised in the meeting by the Indian delegation. They were assured that steps had been taken to ensure that no hardships were caused to the IDPs. Joining the meeting senior adviser to President Basil Rajapaksa has informed the delegation that crowding in the centers would start reducing within two days with increased resettlement.

The delegation had been glad that they came to assess the situation themselves as there were many misconceptions and false information is being spread regarding the IDPs. They were appreciative of the actions taken by the government so far, and also concerned about the speedy resettlement of IDPs.
The delegation had thanked the President for the invitation. They have also met Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayaka and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.It is been reported that before returning back to India today, the delegation meet Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and main opposition party leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe

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