A top UN official yesterday praised the progress made by the Sri Lankan Government in resettling over 440,000 people since the end of the civil war three years ago, and called for continued donor support for the country, where many people still lack basic services.
“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,” the UN News Center said quoting the Director of Operations of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, who just finished a three-day visit to the country.
Mr. Ging expressed his support for continued partnership with the authorities to jointly agree on and meet remaining humanitarian needs. He also welcomed the commitment of the Government to address peace and development issues through the country’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
During his visit, Mr. Ging met various Government officials and travelled to the Jaffna district in the north, where he met people who remain displaced after more than two decades. He also visited the town of Thellipalai, where he spoke to people returning to the land and houses they had fled 20 years ago and are now struggling to rebuild their lives as the homes they are returning to are uninhabitable.
In both places, OCHA reported that people asked for the same basic assistance – toilets, clean water, shelter, electricity and livelihoods support.
“In 2012, it is absolutely unacceptable that tens of thousands of people are living in such appalling conditions without access to the most basic services,” Mr. Ging said.
Despite these urgent needs, OCHA stated that humanitarian partners are downsizing due to funding shortfalls. Only 18.4 per cent of the funds required 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,” Mr. 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 dignity and hope for those who have endured and lost so much and now urgently need support in rebuilding their lives.”
Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 04 August 2012 03:08 AM
Now only coming to senses or any new nonsense up their sleeves.
dalu Banda Saturday, 04 August 2012 07:36 AM
Things understood by Ging, not understandable to Pillay.
lankan Saturday, 04 August 2012 11:39 AM
why civil war and why resettlement at first place?? all govt mistakes...
Rajan Saturday, 04 August 2012 02:29 PM
Anyone who visits Vanni knows that what this talking is bullshit.
resplendant Saturday, 04 August 2012 02:33 PM
A trojan horse statement or a genuine compliment ? It is sad to see how the trust that the east had of this once reputed body has fallen so badly. I sometimes wonder whether eastern and developing counties will create their own UN type organization to media in a more unbiased way.
Ami Sunday, 05 August 2012 12:39 AM
When they cry fowl, you raise them high, now bullshit. Feel ashamed.
jacoob Sunday, 05 August 2012 01:19 AM
when they talk about nice things about you you accept .. when they point out your short comings you boil.. either you reject both or accept both.. SIMPLE
SL Sunday, 05 August 2012 02:11 AM
he visited the North and reporting facts. Some terror supporting diaspora elements can't digest the truth.
perumal Sunday, 05 August 2012 03:47 AM
What else to do buddy, except that UN praises when US praises. UN reprimands when US reprimands. Their Master's voice.
CHANDRAPALA Sunday, 05 August 2012 06:27 AM
In spite of the continues aids provided by the UN and other donor countries still many people living in the North without any basic facilities. Some thing wrong in any where?
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