Friday, May 29, 2009

IDP centre conditions contrary to reports in US - Congressman

The visiting US Congressman Heath Shuler is pictured here speaking to media in Colombo today. He said that he has seen the standards of relief villages where the Internally Displaced are accommodated and it is different to what had been reported in the US.

The delegation led by Congressman Heath Shuler met the President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (28) at Temple Trees and said he was delighted and impressive with the facilities given by the Government to IDPs.

The delegation that arrived in Sri Lanka on May 26 went on an observation tour of the relief centers where civilians are accommodated.

During the meeting with the President, the Congress delegates discussed further possibilities of providing assistance for the IDPs.

The US delegation also discussed programs being carried out by the Northern Development Task Force to re-settle the displaced within 180 days, sources added.

>> Ada Derana