The Cabinet has approved the draft legislation enabling the issuance of Certificates of Absence for those who have been missing since the war.

The move would help the families of the missing persons to address practical issues relating to their disappearance.

Accordingly, the draft legislation which involves an amendment to the Registration of Deaths (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 19 of 2010 will now be gazetted and the process of presentation to Parliament will commence.

The Government said that commissions appointed to look into disappearances had received a staggering 65,000 complaints of missing persons since 1994.