Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the opposition leader and leader of the UNP, is to meet the visiting Indian MPs in Colombo today. The meeting is to take place at his Cambridge Terrace residence, according to party sources.
The UNP has welcomed the visit of the South Indian MPs to look at the plight of the IDPs living in welfare camps in the North.
United National Party Colombo District organizer and Western Province PC member, C.Y.P. Ram, said, in a statement yesterday, that the Indian MPs visit to these camps should be productive in winning the rights of the displaced persons to come out of these camps and live a peaceful and normal life.
Sinhalese and Tamils have been living in this country peacefully, and an unfortunate war disrupted their unity. But the war has ended and all communities in this country are eager to live in peace and harmony. The IDPs should be allowed to live a normal life like other citizens of this country. Therefore, steps should be taken to resettle the IDPs without any further delay, he said in a statement. He said it was time to allow these displaced Tamils to live in any part of this country peacefully with their Sinhalese brethren.
He said the South Indian MPs who were inspecting these camps could also play a vital role in this respect, and give an independent opinion, taking into consideration the situation faced by the Internally Displaced Persons, and help the IDPs to overcome their plight.