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US to initiate programme to uplift lives of 5000 families in the North

2013 Oct 31

The United States has come forward to implement a two-year programme to uplift the livelihoods of around 5000 families in the North that were affected by the war. An agreement in this regard was reached when the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, called on the Chief Minister of the Northern Province in Jaffna on Wednesday.

 

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michelle J.Sison held discussions with Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran at the Chief Minister's official residence in Jaffna.

 

Issues faced by the people in the north and solutions to these issues were discussed at the meeting.US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michelle J. Sison shared these views;

 

“A twelve million US Dollar US-AID Project focussed on livelihoods, poultry , dairy, vegetable gardening that will assist some 5000 families in the next two years, particularly women headed households, sir. l briefed the Chief Minister on the expansion of English Language training programmes, as well as the assistance at the Jaffna University for our Fulbright programme.”

 

Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran shared these views;

 

“The Ambassador told us that the US is prepared to implement a two-year programme to improve the livelihoods of around 5000 families. She added that assistance will also be given for the development of education and other sectors."

 

When asked whether he discussed with the US Ambassador, about lands that are being taken over by the military in the Walikamam area, he said:

 

"I explained this matter to her. But since this is a political measure we will have to reach a solution to through discussions with the government. We cannot reach a solution holding discussions with foreign representatives. I requested that the matter be discussed with Sampanthan and then brief the President ..."

 

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka , Michelle J. Sison visited the Osmania Vidyalaya in Jaffna and spoke with the teachers and students.

 

Thereafter, Sison engaged in discussions with ,inisters of the Northern Provincial Council.

 

The South Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jong-Mung Choi also called on the Chief Minister of the Northern Province. Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran added these views;

 

“The Ambassador said that South Korea is prepared to help the people in the North. He said that steps will be taken to teach the Korean language to the youth in the North."

 

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