Saturday, May 2, 2009

Civilian resettlement is already in progress – Senior Presidential Advisor

“Aid organizations should be honest in helping civilians who have fled from the terrorists’ clutches. International agencies are engaged in a futile attempt to create fissures among communities under the pretext of assisting Sri Lanka. The government will not allow international organisations to sow the seeds of disunity and division among communities,” Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa said at the inauguration ceremony of the resettlement of civilians displaced by terrorist atrocities in the Northern Province at Savariarpuram in the Musali DS Division, Mannar yesterday (30).

Over 400 persons from 122 families in Savariarpuram in the Mannar district were resettled in their original places of residence yesterday and the Resettlement and Relief Services Ministry together with other government agencies have taken serious efforts to ensure that these people were provided all basic needs.

Mr. Rajapaksa also noted that apart from providing immediate relief measures, officials should expand the services provided to these civilians into the areas of electricity, transportation and road systems to make their temporary stay at these camps trouble-free.

(Government Information Department)