Dutch Govt. pledges co-operation to rehabilitate N-E

The Dutch government pledged fullest co-operation to Sri Lanka to rehabilitate war affected areas.

Ms. Agnes Van Hoeven, Minister of Development Co-operation of Netherlands congratulated Sri Lanka for what it has accomplished so far towards achieving sustainable peace for the country. She pledged fullest co-operation of her country and promised to grant aid for areas such as reconstruction of war affected areas, and rehabilitation of people affected by war.

Hoeven further stated that land mines were a great hindrance in re-establishing of displaced persons and recommencement of agricultural and economic activities. She said that she was prepared to offer the services of experts of Netherlands for de-mining.

Meeting between Hoeven and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesnghe was held on September 15 in New York.

Hoeven expressed her concerns about women and children distressed by the war and she further stated that special attention should be paid and priority should be given to solve their problems.

The necessity of a broad-spectrum strategy spearheaded by the Government to rehabilitate war-affected people and reconstruct areas destroyed by war was discussed at length. Hoeven promised to obtain for Sri Lanka unmitigated co-operation of the Government of Netherlands for implementing such a plan.

Minister of Interior John Amaratunga and Minister Assisting Foreign Affairs Lal Gamage also were present at discussions.