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Last updated: 22 September, 2009 - Published 18:19 GMT
 
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"IDPs can't wait " - Indian MPs
 
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Internally displaced people (IDPs) in Sri Lanka can not wait over non-availability of resources, says a group of Congress Party MPs in India.

The IDPS have to be resettled in their homes before the coming monsoon; they told the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when they met him on Tuesday.

They discussed the IDPs issue in Sri Lanka as well as Indian fishermen who are in the custody of Sri Lanka authorities.

Indian's concerns

“India’s concern is to help Sri Lankan government’s efforts to resettle the IDPs as quickly as possible”, said a member of the Indian parliament, Sudharsana Nachiappan.

He said the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the delegation are of the view that resettling IDPs and demining should be carried out parallel so that the resettlement process could be done as quickly as possible.

“Sri Lanka government is taking their own steps but we have to see that entire displaced people are resettled ”, Prime Minister has said.

The government of India is very open and sincere about what they do and India is ready to co-operate the Sri Lanka government’s efforts, said MP Nachiappan to Sandesaya.

Human suffering

“We had a meaningful discussion and focussed on the human suffering”, he said.

He said they also discussed with the prime minister the issue of Indian fishermen under arrest in Sri Lanka.

Indian fishermen organisations say that 21 Indian fishermen are in Sri Lankan custody on charges of entering territorial waters.

Fishermen

Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister for Fisheries Neomal Fernando told BBC Sandeshaya that 101 Sri Lankan fishermen are held by Indian authorities in the Andaman islands.

There have been friendly discussions on this issue between both countries and they were able to take positive steps towards resolving long standing problems faced by fishermen from both countries, said MP Nachiappan.

 
 
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