IDPs will be resettled by Jan. 31 Samarasinghe
Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe says the Government will resettle all IDPs by January 31, next year.

Giving a speech at Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing Brand excellence award 2009, the minister said “„The Government has consistently maintained that IDPs will be screened and released in a structured and well managed manner. We are hopeful of achieving our target of resettling a majority of IDPs by 31 January next year,"

According to Minister Samarasinghe’s views, Sri Lanka faces a number of important challenges in the present era. Having overcome the threat of terrorism and achieving military mastery over a ruthless organization which has blighted our national life for nearly three decades, The Nation now has a unique opportunity to forge a new Sri Lanka in which all citizens’ human dignity is fully safeguarded, where all are treated equally and share a common cohesive identity.

This new Sri Lanka will celebrate our rich diversity and multifaceted social make-up. Our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi- religious and multilingual society is source of strength and we must come to view it as such.

These precepts must not remain confined to words but must be made a reality. This is perhaps our biggest challenge in the post-conflict phase said the minister.