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Govt. takes on Wanni NGOs

An apparently angry government on Friday hit out at the International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) and demanded that the heads of the organisations take responsibility for many unwarranted incidents which have occurred in the recent past.

The visibly ticked-off government members, including Senior Advisor to the President Basil Rajapaksa and Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, at late last week’s high level policy meeting of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) took the INGOs head on, and voiced disapproval in the way most of the organistaions have conducted themselves so far in the north.

The vehicle issue of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) NGO was highlighted, with the NPA coming under heavy flak from the government, The Nation reliably learns.
The government members pointed out that the Norwegian organisation was unaware of its vehicle being stolen, allegedly by the LTTE, until the military had reported the theft to the NPA.

The Minister and the Presidential Advisor had impressed that as a responsible organisation, the NPA should have been aware of what it had and what it had lost.

They had also noted that the government was under the impression that all valuable items were kept within the United Nations Compound, but that they had recently discovered that this was not the case.
The government on Friday had also voiced its displeasure over the conduct of the international community, which had failed to come out strongly against many of LTTE’s acts, including the stealing of equipment used for humanitarian purposes.