Follow-up to LKA32775.E of 30 September 1999 on Veppankulam transit camp in Vavuniya, including whether the army or police controls it and on the uniforms worn by camp employees [LKA33469.E]

The following information was provided by the UNHCR branch office-Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was forwarded to the Research Directorate by the UNHCR office in Ottawa on 9 December 1999:

I can confirm the existence of the Veppankulam Welfare Centres 1 and 2 (here not known as A and B) in Vavuniya on the road towards Mannar. These two centres have been in existence since the early nineties at least and have always been managed by the government with the police providing security. There has been no change in this ever. The police wear the normal brown/yellowish uniforms. ... The centre accommodates primarily displaced persons from the Northern conflict areas.

This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


UNHCR branch office-Colombo. n.d. Correspondence forwarded by the UNHCR office in Ottawa on 9 December 1999.