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Last updated: 18 April, 2012 - Published 16:41 GMT
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All refugees to resettle before end of June
The government of Sri Lanka gave an assurance of resettling all internally displaced people by the end of June.

Indian delegation in Menik Farm
Indian delegation in Manik Farm (photo -Dinasena Rathugamage)

Gunaratne Weerakone, Minister of Resettlement told the BBC that the last phase of de mining will be completed before the end of June.

The minister was accompanying a visiting Indian parliamentary delegation to meet the war displaced in Menik Farm refugee camp on Wednesday.

Six thousand five hundred in Menik Farm

Six thousand five hundred people still remain in Menik Farm refugee camp. They had been in the camp since June 2009.

Indian delegation says that they are determined to persuade the government of Sri Lanka to resettle the refugees back to original homes.

"We would like to draw attention to a request we made about resettling the war displaced to their original homes." N S B Chinthan, member of the Indian Lok Sabha told Dinasena Rathugamage of the BBC Sinhala Service.

Not going home

However, Minister Gunaratne failed to assure the resettlement of the displaced back to their original homes.

"We will get them out of the camp, but resettling people in high security zone is a policy decision that I have no control over", the minister said.

In an earlier statement, the delegation reaffirmed India's commitment to Sri Lanka's unity and prosperity and called for progress in the dialogue for a political settlement on the ethnic issues with the minority Tamils.

 We will get them out of the camp, but resettling people in high security zone is a policy decision that I have no control over
minister Gunaratne

The 12-member Indian parliamentary delegation is headed by the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, and comprising representatives of several prominent political parties from both houses of Parliament, arrived in Colombo on the evening of 16 April 2012, the High Commission of India in Colombo said in a statement.

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