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War missing claimed dead

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that the people reported missing during the war are dead.

The President’s Office yesterday (18) quoted Rajapaksa as saying that he had outlined his plans to address the issue of missing persons at a meeting with UN Resident Co-ordinator Hanna Singer.

Rajapaksa had said that the missing persons were actually dead and that most of them had been taken away by the LTTE or forcefully conscripted.

“The families of the missing attest to it. However, they do not know what has become of them and so claim them to be missing,” the President’s Office stated.

The President had said that, after the necessary investigations are completed, steps would be taken to issue death certificates to these missing persons.

He had added that the affected families would be given the support they require to continue with their lives.