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Sri Lanka: food aid reaches Vanni

18-02-2009 News Release 09/43

Colombo/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today delivered to Putumattalan 30 metric tonnes of foodstuffs provided by the Sri Lankan government.

The consignment consisted of 20 tonnes of flour, six of dhal and four of sugar. It was transported on a vessel provided by the Sri Lankan Port Authorities and flying the ICRC flag.

In its role as a neutral intermediary and as an independent humanitarian organization, the ICRC has repeatedly facilitated the movement of humanitarian aid and of wounded and sick persons between areas held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government-controlled territory. The ICRC stands ready to provide further support as needed.

For further information, please contact:
  Sophie Romanens, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 777 289 682
  Sarasi Wijeratne, ICRC Colombo, tel: +94 11 250 33 46 or +94 773 1588 44
  Simon Schorno, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 26 or +41 79 251 93 02