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Plea for continued donor support :

UN hails Govt’s progress in resettling 440,000 people

A senior United Nations relief official yesterday praised the Government’s progress in resettling over 440,000 people since the end of terrorism three years ago, and called for continued donor support for the country, the UN News Centre reported.

“The scale of what Sri Lanka has accomplished over the past three years – the pace of resettlement and the development of infrastructure – is remarkable and very clearly visible,” said the Director of Operations of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, who had concluded a three-day visit to the country.

The Security Forces achieved victory over the LTTE in 2009 ending terrorism that had raged for nearly three decades killing thousands of people. A large number of Sri Lankans was displaced, especially in the north in 2009.

Ging pledged support for continued partnership with the authorities to jointly agree on and meet remaining humanitarian needs.

He also welcomed the Government’s commitment to address peace and development issues through the country’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

During his visit, Ging met various Government officials and travelled to the Jaffna district, where he met some displaced people.

He also visited Tellipalai town, where he spoke to people returning to their homes after 20 years and are now rebuilding their lives. OCHA reported that people sought the basic needs such as toilets, clean water, shelter, electricity and livelihood support.

Despite these urgent needs, OCHA said that humanitarian partners are downsizing due to funding shortfalls.

Only 18.4 percent of the funds needed under the Joint Plan of Assistance to the Northern Province for this year have been received to-date.

“This is a critical moment for Sri Lanka,” Ging said. “I appeal to all donors, including those who have already been so generous with their bilateral and development aid, to increase their humanitarian contributions.”

“We need their help to restore the dignity and hope for those who have endured and lost so much and now urgently need support in rebuilding their lives.”

 

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