Maximum relief to civilians in No Fire Zone
The Government had given maximum relief and assistance to the Tamil
civilians who were still in the clutches of the LTTE in the no fire zone
(NFZ). Though there were many obstacles. Government provided 23,000
metric tons of food to the Tamil civilians on April 7, Mass Media and
Information Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said. The Minister was
addressing a press conference at his ministry yesterday.
He said, even after the ICRC refused to take food to the North the
Government used a vessel that was taking patients to send 30 metric tons
per day to the civilians and the food was utilised not only by the
civilians but also the terrorists.
The efforts taken by the Government were praised by visiting Japanese
special envoy Yasushi Akashi who made his seventeenth trip to the North
He had visited the welfare villages and saw for himself the relief
measures and facilities provided to the IDPs by the Government. Akashi
with his long experience was well aware of the situation of the Vanni
and its displaced people and the Government's sincere efforts to comfort
the IDPs, the Minister said.
The Government had thanked the Japanese government for its assistance
and special envoy Yasushi Akashi for his statement made appreciating the
role of the Government in providing relief to the IDPs of the north, he
Already 122 families had been resettled in their original places of
residence in Mannar district last Thursday and the second batch would be
resettled on May 11.
As in the Eastern Province the Northern Province too would be
developed and democracy revived.
The civil administration in the Northern Province would be
re-established when the demining process was over and people resettled
under the Uthuru Vasanthaya program headed by Senior Presidential
Advisor and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa, Minister Abeywardene said.