Sri Lanka withdraws troops from IDP centers - report
Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 13:09 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka today said that it has withdrawn its troops from Internally Displaced Persons centers in Vavuniya, where thousands of civilians from uncleared area are housed.
According to AFP news agency Sri Lanka's Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the action has been taken in response to the pressure from the United Nations.
"We have accepted the UN recommendation and camp management has now been handed over to the Resettlement and Relief Ministry and the camps will be supervised by civil servants," Samarasinghe was quoted.
Currently there are more than 61,000 people fled from the battlefield are now residing in these camps.
Meanwhile the Human Rights Ministry today said that 300 children who were separated from their families while crossing over to cleared areas in Vavuniya have been reunited with their families.