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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for full access to more than 300,000 refugees who fled during the war last weeks of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels and who are now being held in giant camps.

So far the Sri Lankan government has denied permission for aid agencies to enter the former battle zone, claiming Tamil rebels may be hiding in refugee camps. The UN Secretary General has arrived in Sri Lanka and asked for human rights of all communities to be respected He said:” I hope the President and government leaders will reach out in an inclusive dialogue with minority groups including Tamils and Muslims.” The refugees are being held in camps in the north east of the country where a 26 year war came to an end earlier this week. The Sri Lankan government has come under fire for not allowing aid agencies access and permission to deliver vital food and medical supplies. The government says it is screening camp inmates to establish if they are genuine refugees or remnants of the Tamil Tiger movement or its supporters Human rights groups say conditions in the camps are totally unacceptable.