A special discussion was held recently at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon to look into the issues of the internally displaced persons and the resettled IDPs in the Mannar district.
A group of Muslim representatives and the officials of the Department of Forest Conservation including Secretary to the Ministry of Environment participated in the meeting.
The issues faced by the people in the area, and ways to resolve their issues were discussed in detail at the meeting.
A special gazette notification signed by President Maithripala Sirisena in March on declaring four forests near Wilpattu North Sanctuary as conservation forests has caused serious concern among Muslims and seen as an attempt to prevent Muslims from returning to their lands.
During the meeting it was decided to appoint a Special Committee under the guidance of the President to resolve the issues and decided that the Committee report should be submitted to the President within a month.