Lanka Government says aid access only after screening LTTE rebels

May 24th, 2009 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Colombo, May 24 (ANI): The Government of Sri Lanka on Sunday said that it would allow UN aid workers access to Tamil refugees housed in camps after weeding out elements suspected of links with the LTTE.

Responding to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s demand for unhindered access after visiting the Menik Farm camp housing 200,000 Tamils, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa warned of “the likely presence of Tamil Tiger infiltrators among the large numbers who had come to the government areas.”

The government describes the camps as “welfare villages” and says it wants to resettle all displaced civilians as soon as possible.

Rajapakse told Ban that he would address the underlying ethnic grievances. (ANI)

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