Vavuniyaa camps meant for detainees, not for IDPs - JVP
[TamilNet, Thursday, 01 October 2009, 17:51 GMT]
“It is not a refugee camp if inmates are escaping from that in large
numbers. Then it should be called a detention or internment camp. IDP
families have freedom to move in and out from IDP camps which are
established under international norms. It is not so in Vavuniyaa
camps, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Wijitha Herat, said at a press briefing held at JVP headquarters in Battaramulla in Colombo
Wednesday to discuss matters about the plight of IDPs in Vavuniyaa
Wijitha Herat further said at the briefing that the government has been saying that it could not resettle IDPs held in Vavuniyaa camps as their villages in Vanni region are not completely de-mined.
At that same the government is issuing statements to the
effect that it has launched several development projects in
Ki’linochchi, Mannaar, Jaffna and Vavuniyaa including restoration of
electricity supply under the title “Northern Spring “(Vaddakkin
“How could the government launch development projects in areas
which are still sown with mines. Hence the government’s stand on
resettlement is contradictory,” he asked.
“My party accepts that there are some areas in Vanni infested with mines. But
there are vast areas without mines. The government can resettle large
numbers IDP families in these mine-free areas. The international
community is trying to interfere in the internal affairs of our
country under the pretext of safeguarding IDPs in Vavuniyaa. This
would be possible once the northeast monsoon commences. Therefore the
government should not give room for such interference,” Mr. Wijitha Herat said.