President Gotabaya to meet families of missing persons

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will soon meet families of missing persons who have been protesting to find their relatives’ whereabouts, according to a top official.

“The President is really determined to bring closure to this issue and give the families a solution,” Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Retd.) Admiral Jayanath Colombage told The Hindu on Thursday.

Scores of Tamil families in the north and east, mostly women, have been relentlessly agitating by the roadside – they recently marked four years of continuous protest – demanding the truth about their loved ones.

This is President Rajapaksa’s first outreach yet to the families of the missing, with a promise of closure. “He [President] wants to listen to them, identify their actual grievances, rather than what politicians might say, and given them a solution. It will happen very soon,” Mr. Colombage said. (The Hindu)

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