Office of the UNHCR Representative
Colombo, Sri Lanka
18 August 2009
Contribution towards UNHCR Operation in Sri Lanka
I wish to refer to the generous and very welcome contribution of USD 500,000 to UNHCR Sri Lanka from the Government of Russia.
Facing crucial challenges in responding to the situation in the north of Sri Lanka in support of the Government of Sri Lanka, UNHCR's role has become increasingly vital as the lead agency for protection, shelter and non-food relief items.
Owing to this generous contribution from the Government of Russia, UNHCR will be able to provide much-needed shelter and non-food relief items to Sri Lanka's internally displaced, as well as ensure that they receive adequate protection
assistance during displacement and the return process.
The contribution is highly appreciated at this point in time when UNHCR is gearing up to assist the displaced both in the emergence shelter sites to prepare for the upcoming rainy season as well as in the areas of return.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Russia for its support to UNHCR's activities. My office is looking forward to further strengthening the partnership between the Government of Russia and UNHCR.
Please accept, your Excellency. the assurances of my highest consideration.
H.E. Mr. Vladimir P.Mikhaylov
Ambassador Embassy of the Russian Federation
62, Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha