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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

UN satisfied with Sri Lanka Government handling food situation in Jaffna

Colombo, 28 December, (Asiantribune.com): United Nations has acknowledged Sri Lanka Government’s handling of the Jaffna food situation ‘satisfactory.’Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the UN acknowledgement would be a fitting answer to the false and distorted media campaigns by vested groups about a food scarcity in Jaffna. Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the UN acknowledgement would be a fitting answer to the false and distorted media campaigns by vested groups about a food scarcity in Jaffna.

Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator has acknowledged this in his letter.

This letter was sent by Jan Egeland in response to a letter sent by Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights. In his letter, Jan Egeland thanked the government and Minister Samarasinghe for the excellent support extended to the UN Mission.

Minister Samarasinghe, speaking to the Government’s Information Department website said that the UN acknowledgement would be a fitting answer to the false and distorted media campaigns by vested groups about a food scarcity in Jaffna.

Egeland, a senior Norwegian diplomat attached to the UN, earlier took initiative to send a UN team after exchanges of letters between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Minister Samarasinghe yesterday in his reply to Egeland said the government has taken note of the several areas of improvement identified by the UN Mission.

He added that a team of senior government officials will soon be visiting Jaffna to assess the situation in Jaffna and make recommendations, taking into account the general conclusion of the UN report as well as several areas of improvement identified by the Mission.

"The team will also make recommendation with regard to maintaining a buffer stock of essential items required for the people in Jaffna sufficient for one month," Minister Samarasighhe said.

- Asian Tribune -

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