EU delegation commends development in East
Head of the visiting European Parliamentary Delegation for Relations
With South Asia, Jean Lambert said Sri Lanka's agenda has moved rapidly
from the humanitarian operation aspect to development.
Jean Lambert made this observation at a press conference at the
Hilton in Colombo yesterday.
She said the delegation learned long term detainees have reduced from
600 to 230 since last year.
"The East is developing fast in areas including education, medical
services, irrigation services etc. she said, adding that a commendable
job has been made in school building as well."
Lambert said the people need economic development as well as to
involve in decision making. She remarked that some people said they
still have problems in land titles.
The European Parliament welcomes the LLRC report and its
recommendations were positive, but the delegation was surprised that the
LLRC report was not available in all the three languages used in Sri
Lanka, Lambert said. She said the delegation visited the Eastern
Province to observe the challenges the area faces in the return to
normality and the manner in which the EU contributes to the development
of the province by the projects it co-funds, mainly in the health and
Head of Delegation European Union to Sri Lanka and Maldives
Ambassador Bernard Savage and Phillippe Kamaris also participated.