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Last updated: 25 August, 2009 - Published 17:21 GMT
 
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IDP clergy 'to be released'
 
Ms. Charles (extreme right) with UN Secretary General
GA says over 400 Hindu priests will be joining their relatives
Hundreds of Hindu and Christian clergy are to be released from the camps for the displaced people in Vavuniya, authorities said.

Vavuniya Government Agent PSM Charles told BBC Tamil service that 800 Hindu priests and six Catholic priests are scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

Over 400 Hindu priests, she said, will be joining their relatives while the others will be resettled in their ancestral lands.

Fr. Victor Soosai, Vicar General of diocese of Mannar earlier told BBC Sandeshaya that six Catholic priests and three nuns are also being detained in the IDP camps by the authorities.

Ms. Charles added that clergy will be provided with transport facilities to travel to Jaffna, Mannar and to the east.

Nearly 300,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), most of them Tamil nationals, are held in camps in Vavuniya district.

 
 
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