US announces additional funding for demining in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (TIP): The US on Thursday announced an additional USD 1.745 million for demining activities in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated former war zone.

The additional fund was announced after a meeting between the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, and minister of rehabilitation, resettlement and Hindu religious affairs D M Swaminathan.

In total, the United States has dedicated over USD 43 million for demining assistance in Sri Lanka since 1993.

“I support Minister Swaminathan’s vision of making Sri Lanka mine-impact free by 2020,” Keshap said.

“As the world’s largest donor of global demining efforts, the United States is committed to addressing the land mine problem in Sri Lanka,” he said in a statement.

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The two also discussed ongoing demining work in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.

“The United States will continue to work with President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, minister Swaminathan, and the people of Sri Lanka to help clear the remaining areas,” Keshap said.

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