Saturday, October 3, 2009

EU for greater assistance to Sri Lanka - Ferrero-Waldner

European External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero- Waldner whilst stressing the need for speedy resettlement of the displaced, was supportive of the government's initiatives relating to the IDP resettlement programme and development priorities in the North. She indicated that the EU will extend greater assistance to Sri Lanka in this regard.

This followed a detailed briefing to her by Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Northern Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province and Senior Adviser to the President on the government's efforts to assist the displaced and to ensure their early resettlement.
Mr. Rajapaksa met with the European External Relations Commissioner in Brussels where he went for the opening of the photographic exhibition ‘Sri Lanka: Facets of Post-Conflict Development’ currently on in the premises of the European Parliament.

In his keynote address at the opening of the exhibition (September 30) Mr. Rajapaksa described the situation in Sri Lanka stating, "de-militarization had been successfully achieved, the extent of development taking place was visible, people’s representatives have been elected in the North and all the while a lot of democratic activity was taking place".
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