No outnumbering of Tamils during resettlement: Govt

Addressing the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) media briefing here yesterday, Senior leader and Transport Minister Dulles Alahapperuma has said the government would never undertake any such process.

He said it would never change the ethnic diversity while carrying out the resettlement programmes in the north as alleged by "certain disgruntled opposition members who are trying to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka.", the Daily Mirror reported.

"This is a part of the conspiracy hatched during the humanitarian operation against the security forces to save the LTTE. The shadows of these foreign and local elements still remain alive," the Daily Mirror quoted Alahapperuma as saying.

"These remarks have been made in malice and in utter jealousy. Some opposition members cannot stand the government's success in combating terrorism and its development programmes launched in the aftermath of the war victory," he said.

"Not a single Sinhala family had been resettled in the east from outside. But all those Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese who were residing in the north east prior to the conflict and those who were driven out by the LTTE would be resettled in their traditional places of residence," he added.

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