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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2732

Sri Lanka Government Challenges UN Figures on IDPs

United Nations, 25 December (Asiantribune.com) : A senior Sri Lankan government official has strongly disputed a UN report on the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the politically-troubled northern province.

"The number of IDPs is only around 100,000. And the entire population of Vanni is approximately 120,000, he told Asian Tribune, challenging the figures released by the UN

In a letter to the Sri Lanka Government last week, Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative for the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), placed the figure at an estimated 200,000-300,000 IDPs in the region.

The government official said that over 45 trucks of supplies are sent up weekly, monitored by the UN, the World Food Program and the International Committee for the Red Cross.

"IDPs are held in the camps for security reasons and to facilitate the supply of relief to them. In the East, the IDPs were returned to their homes within 12 months. UNICEF sought permission to send footballs, cricket bats and such stuff. If this is all that they wished to send, things can't be that bad," he added.

- Asian Tribune –

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