Co-chairs representatives meet President
Local representatives of the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo donor conference
yesterday met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.
Discussions centred on development of infrastructure of the areas
liberated from the terrorists and the provision of other necessities and
facilities to the civilians to be resettled.
The President noted that since the North had not seen any development
for the past 30 years the Government has given its topmost priority to
develop these areas and provide all needs and facilities for the people.
Already work has commenced on the road rehabilitation, electricity
supply and in the field of education and health, the President informed
Also discussed was the need for a close rapport with the countries
representing the donor co-chairs in the implementation of long term
development programs for the North and in relation to welfare programs
for the freed civilians.
Representing the co-chairs were Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Tore Hattren, Japanese Ambassador Kunio Takahashi, EU Ambassador Bevnois
Savage, USA representative Jones Moore and Special representative of the
Chairman of the EU, Herak Mungenast.
Also present were Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe, Rohitha Bogollagama,
Senior Advisor to the President Basil Rajapaksa MP and Secretary to the
President Lalith Weeratunga.