Lanka to Resettle 3000 Tamil Families by August 7

Sri Lanka in Friday said it will resettle 3,000 Tamil families displaced during the ‘decisive war’ against Tiger rebels ahead of local elections in the island’s north.

The Department of Government Information in a statement said that the resettlement of the families will be in 35 villages in the northern Vavuniya district, and added that the acovity would be completed by Aug. 7.

Some 300,000 Tamil civilians displaced in the fighting are currently housed in camps in the Vavuniya district. 

The government announcement comes ahead of local elections in northern cities of Jaffna and Vavuniya scheduled for Aug. 8.

The government crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May, thus bringing to an end over two decades of strife on the island and scuttling down demands of a an independent Tamil homeland to be carved out of Sri Lanka’s north and east.

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