key talks on demining drive
countries have pledged their support for the
demining process in the country and a meeting is
scheduled to be held on September 7 to finalise on
the commitment of the donors.
UNDP senior programme manager Wuriya Karadaghy said
several countries including Australia, US, Norway,
Canada, Denmark and Japan had pledged to support the
mine clearance activities in the country but are yet
to put their commitment on paper.
“So far there are no problems as far as demining is
concerned. Mine-clearance right now is the top
priority. They want to start the development and
recovery projects as soon as possible, but one of
the obstacles is mines,” he said.
He said the demining activities remained the top
priority at the moment as the development and
recovery activities in the resettled areas depended
on the speed of the demining activities.
Meanwhile, a statement released by the office of the
UN Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator last Thursday
(26) said there was a gap of US$ 165 million to go
ahead with the activities planned for this year.
“The job is not yet done. It is still a critical
period and we ask for your continued support to meet
the remaining crucial needs”, Resident/ Humanitarian
Co-ordinator Neil Buhne said.
He also stressed that the effectiveness of
assistance during this period would affect both the
people directly and Sri Lanka’s overall development.