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`Visit to IDP camps for personal gains not to be allowed`

[Zee News, Thursday, 18 June 2009 12:35 No Comment]

Sri Lanka will not permit visits to government-run IDP camps housing 2.8 lakh displaced Tamil civilians across the northern part of the country for personal or political gains.

"The government will allow any interested party or group to assist and help the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently located in the welfare centres in the North, but won’t let anyone capitalise on their grievances," Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Abeywardena said that there could be parties and NGOs demanding access to these camps with the intention of gaining political mileage or secure foreign funds for NGOs.

Such groups cannot be allowed because their intentions are not genuinely motivated to assist IDPs, he said adding that the step has been taken to prevent negative propaganda to be spread against the country for now. [Full Coverage]

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