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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

1,700 tonnes of India relief assistance arrived in Colombo

Colombo, 17 November, ( As the news of dislodging the Tamil Tigers from Pooneryn, their last bastion, in Northwest coast of Sri Lanka and the probability of opening up of a land route to Jaffna peninsula via A-32 Road to down south became a reality, an Indian ship carrying relief items to Sri Lanka's war displaced civilians in the Vanni has reached Colombo harbor, official sources said here on Sunday.

The ship was carrying 1700 tons of relief material and the distribution is to be coordinated through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the officials said.

According to an Indian diplomat, the Indian Shipping Corporation ship Contijork, carried the first consignment of relief assistance to Colombo. . The Indian diplomat further l said: "1,700 tonnes of relief assistance has come in 100 containers and the unloading of the aid cargo will commence today."

This was the first consignment of Indian relief assistance after concerns were raised in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu to be given to civilians trapped in the war zone in the Vanni region and held against their wishes as human shield by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

A joint statement issued at the end of Basil Rajapaksa's visit stated that India had decided "to send around 800 tonnes of relief material to Sri Lanka for the affected civilians in the north as a gesture of goodwill".

"The government of Sri Lanka will facilitate the delivery. Both sides agreed to consult and cooperate with each other in addressing these humanitarian issues," the joint statement said.

- Asian Tribune -

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