Canada increases aid to civilians upto $7.5 million
Canada announced that it would increase its aid for civilians upto
$7.5 million after International Cooperation Minister Beverly J. Oda
toured Sri Lanka.
She said: "This tragic situation for civilians is of grave concern
and our Government is responding to the increasing need for assistance."
At the conclusion of her visit to Sri Lanka, Oda, announced an
increase in critical humanitarian aid to assist civilians displaced by
"This additional funding will provide essential food, water, shelter
and medical care to the displaced population.
"We are strongly urging all parties to immediately ceasefire and
facilitate access for humanitarian workers to give the urgently needed
"Canada continues to call for a new and meaningful political solution
to the conflict, that will address the legitimate grievances of all
communities involved in the conflict," Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon
The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), will provide additional funding to the
International Committee of the Red Cross, Medicine Sans Frontieres, the
World Food Program and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.