UN chief to visit Sri Lanka Friday

May 18th, 2009 - 11:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, May 18 (DPA) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to visit Sri Lanka Friday to assess the humanitarian situation after an estimated 250,000 civilians fled the Tamil rebel controlled areas in the north of the country, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said Monday.
Ban is due to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and is expected to tour refugee camps, following the declaration of victory Monday by the Sri Lankan military over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The government has promised to resettle the civilians in their original villages which have now been brought under military control.

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