India, Sri Lanka to build 50,000 houses for IDPs

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New Delhi, June 9 (ANI): India and Sri Lanka today made a joint commitment to build 50,000 more houses for the Island nation's internally displaced persons.

Emphasising the impact of the recently concluded civil war on the minority Tamil community in Sri Lanka, both President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh committed their respective governments to this endeavour on a priority basis.

A joint statement issued after bilateral talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi this afternoon said: "Both the leaders announced a major initiative to undertake a programme of construction of 50,000 houses for Internally Displaced Persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka." (ANI)

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