Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sri Lanka to give citizenship to Tamil refugees

About 28,500 Tamils of Indian-origin now living in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu will soon get Sri Lankan citizenship, a prominent Sri Lankan Marxist party legislator claimed on Friday.

"We have discussed citizenship issue with Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and he has assured the matter will be taken up soon," a parliament member of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, R Chandrasekaran, told PTI.

Efforts are on to complete the formalities in this regard by the end of this month, Chandrasekaran said.

The parliament select committee has been discussing the issue for the last six months after it was reported that several thousand refugees, who had left the island country due to the war between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the Lankan army, were residing in camps in Tamil Nadu.

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