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Granting citizenship to Sri Lankans of Indian origin who remains refugees in India, a special gesture of Sri Lanka - Amza

Chennai, 22 September, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, P.M.Amza pointed out that government has come forward to grant citizenship to Sri Lankans of Indian origin who have fled to India as refugees due to the 1983 July disturbances followed by other internal conflicts which arose thereafter.

P.M.Amza added out approximately 80,000 Sri Lankans who have fled to India as refugees, 28,500 are Sri Lankans of Indian origin and some of them have not yet obtained Sri Lankan citizenship. 1.	Religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity lighting the traditional oil lamp during the International Peace Day observances organised by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in the presence of the Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. P. M. Amza1. Religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity lighting the traditional oil lamp during the International Peace Day observances organised by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in the presence of the Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. P. M. Amza

He further stated that the Government of Sri Lanka had announced yesterday, the decision taken in the Cabinet to amend the Citizenship Act to enable persons of Indian origin who left for India as refugees to obtain Sri Lanka citizenship easily. It is another special gesture towards the refugee community by the Sri Lankan government.

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai and the Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) observed the World Peace Day on Thursday in Chennai by planting a Peace Tree at the Chancery Premises.

The observances began with the members of staff of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission under the leadership of the Deputy High Commissioner, P.M. Amza and members of the refugee committee under the auspices of OfERR and its officials, symbolically lighting candles to mark the observances.

Briefly addressing the gathering, the Deputy High Commissioner, Amza said that the occasion was symbolic and also universal because everyone wanted to live in peace and harmony. He said that despite many conflicts going on in the world today, the hope for peace has never waned and every one hoped that there would be peace someday.

He also expressed hope that peace would also return to Sri Lanka in the near future and that the displaced Sri Lankans living in India, especially in Tamil Nadu and in other parts of the world, would one day return to Sri Lanka.

He added that the members of the refugee community in Tamil Nadu have already expressed their desire to return to Sri Lanka and contribute positively towards nation building. 2.	Religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity symbolizing religious harmony, during the International Peace Day observances organized by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai2. Religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity symbolizing religious harmony, during the International Peace Day observances organized by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai

The Deputy High Commissioner concluded by thanking the religious dignitaries and the OfERR for their presence on this significant and symbolic occasion.

A representative speaking on behalf of OfERR stated that the refugee community is keen to return to Sri Lanka their motherland when peace dawns, and expressed expectation that concerned parties will take constructive steps towards ushering in peace and prosperity to the country.

Following the address by the Deputy High Commissioner, the Peace Tree was planted by the Deputy High Commissioner and officials of OfERR. The occasion was also attended by religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity who witnessed the tree planting ceremony.

Mr. P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India and an official of Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) planting the Peace Tree at the Chancery premises witnessed by the religious dignitaries, officials of the Deputy High Commission and the gatheringMr. P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India and an official of Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) planting the Peace Tree at the Chancery premises witnessed by the religious dignitaries, officials of the Deputy High Commission and the gathering

Mr. P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India with the religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity during the International Peace Day observances in ChennaiMr. P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India with the religious dignitaries representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity during the International Peace Day observances in Chennai

Mr. P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India along with officials of Organization for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation, members of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission and members of the Sri Lanka refugee community holding candles symbolically during the International Peace Day observances organized by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission and OfERR in ChennaiMr. P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India along with officials of Organization for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation, members of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission and members of the Sri Lanka refugee community holding candles symbolically during the International Peace Day observances organized by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission and OfERR in Chennai

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