Sri Lanka says to resettle displaced Tamils quickly

UNITED NATIONS, September 26, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s prime minister vowed anew here Saturday that Colombo would quickly resettle civilians still in state-run camps after being displaced by the government rout of Tamil separatists. He complained that Sri Lankan authorities were not making sufficient progress in implementing a deal reached in May by Colombo and Ban to resettle the displaced civilians within six months.

The Colombo government says the civilians cannot be allowed freedom of movement until the authorities screen them for remaining Tamil rebels.

In his address, Wickramanayaka also urged the international community to crack down on “the so-called overseas representatives of the LTTE and their front organizations” who procured “funds and arms through a complex range of criminal activities,” including terrorist financing, money laundering, drug and human trafficking.

“Although we have been successful in defeating terrorism in Sri Lanka, we continue to urge our friends and partners in the international community to be vigilant and to continue to take action against the illegal acts of the LTTE on their soil,” he noted. Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka told the UN General Assembly that a key priority for his government

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