SRI LANKA: UN calls for "maximum restraint" to protect civilians

Published on 22 April 2009

International and Sri Lankan relief agencies told IRIN they were committed to continuing their assistance. "For the US government the assistance to the World Food Programme (WFP) is extremely important and we are committed to continue with it," Lona Middlebrough, spokesperson for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), told IRIN. USAID is the single largest contributor to WFP assistance programmes in Sri Lanka, the spokesperson said. In 2008 it contributed essential supplies valued at US$29 million and recently made a $15 million commitment of supplies due to arrive on the island in June.

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