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Donors plan key talks on demining drive

Several 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. (AW)