CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

February 23, 2009 14:40 ET

Canada Increases its Support to the Most Vulnerable in Sri Lanka

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced additional funding to help civilians being affected by the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka.

"The Government of Canada is gravely concerned for those civilians in Sri Lanka adversely affected by the country's ongoing conflict in the north," said Minister Oda. "Once again, we call on all parties to ensure the safety and well-being of civilians and unhindered access for international humanitarian agencies providing the needed assistance."

Canada will provide up to $1.5 million to assist those civilians affected by the current conflict. This support is in addition to Canada's pledge of $3 million announced on February 4, 2009.

Two grants of $750,000 will be provided to the International Committee of the Red Cross in response to its 2009 Emergency Appeal for Sri Lanka, and to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in response to its appeal for funding for shelter, camp management and protection.

Since the end of the 2002 cease fire agreement between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in January 2008, fighting in the Vanni region has intensified. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 people remain displaced in the region.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Michelle Coates
    Press Secretary
    819-953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    media@acdi-cida.gc.ca