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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

Sri Lanka: UN agency negotiates with government to bring in food to blockaded area

New York, 04 October, ( World Food Programme expresses concern over the acute food shortages in the areas controlled by the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

At present, according to a press release, World Food Programme is making arrangements to supply food to nearly 63,000 people and others, who are internally displaced and holed up into the blockaded area under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The statement released by the World Food Programme revealed that it was in constant touch with the Sri Lanka Government to dispatch food items to the blockaded area in the Vanni, under the control of the LTTE.

The statement pointed out, “The Agency is particularly concerned about the very short supply of food in the Jaffna and Kilinochchi area of northern Sri Lanka, where escalating violence between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Government forces has driven 63,000 people, nearly half of them children, into camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and cut off food supplies, spokesman Simon Pluess told on Tuesday at a news briefing in Geneva.

It was revealed that as a result of the negotiations, 30 trucks with 500 tons of food have been dispatched to the area, and last Saturday 19 of them crossed over into Vanni, a Tamil Tiger-controlled area.

Overall, WFP is currently distributing food aid to some 150,000 internally displaced persons in districts affected by the conflict, including Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. – statement said.

Mr. Pluess said a high-level meeting would take place on Friday between the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and the Government to discuss the issue of humanitarian access.

- Asian Tribune -

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