Colombo: The UN has praised the progress made by Sri Lankan government in resettling over 400,000 people displaced during the country's civil war which ended in 2009 and asked for continued donor support for the nation.

"The scale of what Sri Lanka has accomplished over the past three years –the pace of resettlement and the development of infrastructure –is remarkable and very clearly visible," said the Director of Operations of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, who just finished a three-day visit to the country.

Ging called for continued donor support for the country, where many people still lack basic services. Ging expressed his support for continued partnership with the authorities to jointly agree on and meet remaining humanitarian needs.

He met various Government officials and travelled to Jaffna district in the north, where he met people who remain displaced after more than two decades.

Despite these urgent needs, OCHA said that humanitarian partners are downsizing due to funding shortfalls. "This is a critical moment for Sri Lanka. I appeal to all donors, including those who have already been so generous with their bilateral and development aid, to increase their humanitarian contributions.


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