Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Food to Northern displaced
The United States yesterday donated food items worth US Dollars 6.9 million to the World Food Programme for distribution among the IDPs in the North. US Ambassador Robert Blake hands over a token consignment of food items to Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Rishard Bathiudeen. WFP Country Director Adnan Khan and other Ministry officials were present. (Photo-Nihal Chandrakumara)
The US Government from side to side the United States organization for International Development (USAID) made a US $ 6.9 million value of food gift to the Government to be distributed among the displaced and exaggerated people in the North at a special occasion held yesterday. The gift consists of 1,344 metric tons of lentils, 779 metric tons of vegetable oil and 4,270 metric tons of wheat flour.
Addressing the meeting relocation and Disaster release Services Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said the Government has unspecified the full blame of providing safety and the basic supplies to the people who are exaggerated by the disagreement.
"It was specially unlucky that the LTTE refused to allow UN national staff and dependents to go back from the Vanni with the UN group when the Government allowed it to leave," U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake stated handing over the food items to the Government officials.
Stressing the fact that the LTTE must right away desist from firing serious weapons from areas within or near civilian concentrations Ambassador Blake tinted that it is important to do maximum hold back by both sides and ensure civilians are not wedged in crossfire.
"LTTE management must live up to its obligations under international caring law to allow those attentive by hostility freedom of group so they can escape the hostility," he additional
Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and the other Government officials conventional the gift on behalf of the Government at the WFP Logistic hub in Wellampitiya.
The food gift will be dispersed among the worried group through the interference of the Government in teamwork with the WFP.
WFP Country Director Adnan Khan said this gift will allow them to support 430,000 people for more than five months beneath the WFP's susceptible Group Feeding Program. WFP is supplementary the Government in feeding 1.1 million people from side to side the crisis feeding and revival programmes.
Nation Building Ministry Secretary W.K.K. Kumarasiri along with the ministerial staff and officials of the WFP, USAID and relocation Ministry were there.
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