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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Sri Lanka’s President urged international community.........

[b]Sri Lanka’s President urged international community to fulfill pledges made for reconstruction and recovery of tsunami affected victims.[/b]

[b]Washington DC, 25 September, ( [/b]President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on Thursday urged the international community and the UN to continue to keep the focus on the reconstruction and recovery effort in the tsunami affected countries and to ensure that pledges made are fulfilled.

The Sri Lanka’s President noted that NGOs that came in large numbers to the tsunami affected countries received vast amounts of funds for reconstruction from concerned citizens throughout the world. However, she regretted that the procurement procedures in place among some of the donor agencies and NGOs were delaying the reconstruction process, while others are yet to channel funds to Sri Lanka.

She appealed to these organizations to complete the projects they have undertaken without further delay as the people of Sri Lanka were questioning what had happened to the contributions made by the caring people of the world, who channeled large quantities of money to help the tsunami victims.

President Kumaratunga made these observations when she addressed a meeting of the Global Consortium on Tsunami Recovery, chaired by the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery former President Bill Clinton, and held at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Among the participants at this meeting were World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, heads of UN agencies, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), members of the NGO community, and delegations from the affected countries and donor countries.

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