UN releases US $ 10 million to relief fund
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for
Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Sir John
Holmes, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka met President Mahinda
Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday(April 27) evening and had
discussions on the current situation in the North and United Nations
activities there. The discussions were held in an atmosphere of
cordiality and friendship.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa informed Sir Holmes of the
progress of the humanitarian operation to rescue civilians and the
efforts taken by the Government to provide all necessary facilities to
the civilians arriving in Government controlled areas.
Sir John Holmes, who returned from a visit to Vavuniya
to see the facilities at the welfare villages set up to receive the
large influx of civilians from the No Fire Zone expressed his
satisfaction over the facilities at the villages.
He informed the President that as the United Nations
Emergency Relief Coordinator he would release US $10 million immediately
to the Central Emergency Relief Fund. Another sum of US $ 10 million was
released last week.
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Disaster
Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, Secretary to
the President Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa,
Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and the United Nations Resident
Representative Neel Buhena were also present.
Courtesy : Daily News