Just in Case

July 25 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is collecting all details of returnees from war torn Lebanon, to build up a stronger case in the event all affected people are given compensation.

We cannot say from whom we are getting compensation, but from our side, we are getting ready for when the need and opportunity arises, labour minister Athauda Seneviratne told journalists on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka has among the largest numbers of nationals in Lebanon, with over 80,000 working largely as domestic workers or drivers.

But any future compensation as was the case in the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1992 will have to come through a United Nations Security Council resolution.

The long term may include compensation but that will have to come through a Security Council resolution, H S Palihakkara, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

We have instructed our ambassadors in Geneva and New York that they should consult with other affected countries like India, Ethiopia and Pakistan to see what action the Security Council will be taking, even for an international stabilisation force to look after the welfare of people affected.

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