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S.Lanka displaced still concern US despite progress

August 9, 2009

Reuters : S.Lanka displaced still concern US despite progress
…But the United States, which has provided aid to the camps and is ready to offer more to help the displaced Tamils go home, was dismayed so many were being held against their will, he said.

Refugees and other displaced people are normally “agents of their own destiny when it comes to return,” using their own judgment about when they can go home after conflict, said Schwartz.

“That’s true everywhere and it should be true in Sri Lanka but it’s not, because these populations are confined to camps,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“People shouldn’t be confined against their will,” he added.

…Schwartz said Colombo should find a better way to address the legitimate security issues.

“The way to manage those concerns is not to confine the entire population,” he said.
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