US ANNOUNCES US $ 8 MILLION TO RESETTLE IDP S IN SRI LANKA
Posted on July 27th, 2009

By Walter Jayawardhana

The United States announced it would grant US $ 8 million to help hasten the internally displaced persons now living in government camps.

 The US Assistant Secretary of state for refugees, Eric P. Schwartz who visited the Manik Farm , in Vavuniya  made the announcement and said that the US was granting this money for the recovery and resettlement for nearly 280,000 people in the camps.

 The IDP’s are from the former Tamil Tiger held areas who were allegedly used as human shield and fled to the Sri Lanka government held areas  when the LTTE fell in may , this year after more than 25 years. 

 Schwartz said he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other officials and they informed him that a substantial number of those in the camps would be resettled during the coming month.

 He said the government has invited him to return to observe the progress of the resettlement and would do so.

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