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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

Norway Supports Demining Project in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 18 March, (Asiantribune.com): Norwegian Embassy in Colombo in a press release reported that on Tuesday Nanda Godage, Head of the Demining Unit in Milinda Moragoda Institute and Mr. Tore Hattrem, Ambassador of Norway, signed an agreement about support for humanitarian demining activities.

According to the Embassy statement, "For the year 2009, the Government of Norway will provide Rs. 140 million to Milinda Moragoda Institute for People’s Empowerment, Sarvatra and Horizon to participate in the Sri Lankan Government’s Humanitarian Mine Action Programme."

It further said, "Since 2003, Norwegian Government has provided funding for Milinda Moragoda Institute for People’s Empowerment and two Indian NGOs; Sarvatra and Horizon for humanitarian demining activities. The total support has been approxi. Rs. 600 million.

"The Ministry of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development has assigned tasks for Humanitarian demining to these three Organisations in Mannar, Batticaloa and the border villages in Anuradhapura District in 2009.

The objective of the programme is to clear and certify mine free lands in North and East and release land for re-settlement, livelihood and economic development to support the Government of Sri Lanka’s plans to complete the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons."

- Asian Tribune -

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