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At the House of Commons - 14 October 2010

Closing comments by Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, MP at a meeting of Sri Lankans in the House of Commons on October 14th 2010 to discuss future reconciliation issues.

First let me thank all those who attended, and raised issues. What I think the discussion highlighted was that in fact there are few major issues that are problematic. If indeed we think back to what was being said a year ago, we realize that government has in fact dealt very well with potential problems.

For instance it was claimed then that we were trying to keep the displaced, 300,000 of them, in long term prison camps. On the contrary, almost all of them have returned now to their places of origin. The exceptions are those in Jaffna, where we still have some High Security Zones, though these are being reduced, and a few people in Vavuniya. Many of these are people of Indian origin, and I should note that the manner in which they were neglected in the past is something we should remember.

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