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Russian Humanitarian Aid to Sri Lanka

In the spirit of traditional friendship with Sri Lankan people and being concerned by problems which IDPs face the in the north of the Island, the Government of the Russian Federation has sent a special aircraft with humanitarian aid to Colombo (earlier the Russian Federation contributed $500.000 to the UNHCR especially for assistance to the IDPs in Sri Lanka).

The aircraft with humanitarian cargo including mobile power stations and medicines has landed in Colombo on October 8, 2009. It also brought a team of specialists in de-mining.

The cargo was handed over to Sri Lankan Side by H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka V.Mikhaylov, who stated at the airport, that this was just another testimony of support for the Sri Lankan people by the Russian people in difficult times.

Receiving humanitarian aid, Minister of Resettlement and disaster Relief Services, Mr. R.Bathiudeen, expressed sincere gratitude on behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka.

Speaking later at the press-conference H.E.Ambassador Vladimir Mikhaylov stressed: My country supported Sri Lanka starting from its struggle for independence, then in building its national economy and, of course, in its struggle against terrorism. As true friend of Sri Lanka Russia welcomed the victory of its people in this struggle. Being very well aware of the problems Sri Lanka faces now, especially in humanitarian sphere, and also being concerned about the living conditions of the thousands of IDPs in the north of the country, the Government of the Russian Federation has decided to send a special aircraft with humanitarian aid for Sri Lanka, including mobile power stations, tents, food and medicines. Russian specialists on de-mining have also arrived to Sri Lanka to share their experience and to discuss ways of rendering their professional assistance.

Presenting Certificate on the humanitarian cargo I would like to confirm that the Russian Federation will continue its policy of development cooperation with Sri Lanka in all spheres for the benefit of both peoples as well as for stronger peace and stability in the region.

Minister of Disaster Management and Human Wrights of Sri Lanka M.Samarasinghe expressed gratitude towards the Russian Federation and its people for the timely humanitarian assistance, which had been granted directly from Russian Government to Sri Lankan Government, and stressed that this gesture became yet another proof of strong friendship and mutual understanding pertaining to the Russian-Sri Lankan relations.

Colombo, October 8, 2009

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