New Delhi sources said that country’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando said Sri Lanka wants to take back all Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who are residing in India. While “With around 5,000 of these emigrants having already returned, we now want to take the rest of them back to their original places,” Fernando said while giving a speech on “Post 2015: Reconciliation Milestones in Sri Lanka”, which was arranged by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.
Fernando said who took command as the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner in November last year, there are about 100,000 of these refugees who had come to India while the civil war in the Indian Ocean island nation that ended in 2009. Moreover, he said that while some 20 to 30 per cent of these people would like to live in India, the rest would like to go back, adding that he would soon be travelling to South India to meet them.
The High Commissioner said “We will tell them that we will look after them and they need shelter over their head, they should be protected, their children should get an education. Moreover, they must also get work after returning.” Furthermore saying that the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner is in close touch with these people, he said that Colombo and New Delhi need to have a severe dialogue on this matter.