Lanka to solve its own problems
by Don Asoka Wijewardena
Germany wants Sri Lanka to solve its problems internally
without any foreign interference, Deputy Ambassador of Germany
to Sri Lanka Wolfgangerdmanns Doerfer said yesterday at a
ceremony where 2,000 MT of rice was donated to Sri Lanka by
Germany at the Urugodawatte Government Food Storage facility.
He was confident the Government would be self sufficient in
food once the Tamil problem is solved, he said.
He also predicted that the WFP would leave Sri Lanka after
the Tamil problem is solved since history has it that the
country had exported rice in the past. "War has devastated the
agricultural potential of this country", he said.
The 2,000 MT of rice donated yesterday cost US dollars one
million and Germany wanted it to be distributed to the
internally displaced, economically affected and to the most
vulnerable group of people in Jaffna.
World Food Programme Country Director Mohamaed Saleheen said
that the WFP was faced with a shortfall of US $ 44 million to
meet its needs until the end December, 2008. He said that of the
2000 MT received yesterday 1,500 would be dispatched to Jaffna
to feed the 120,000 displaced people.