Equitable distribution of aid stressed in Helsinki meet
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 March 2005, 05:31 GMT]
“Post-tsunami aid should be equitably distributed in proportion to the damage," said Ambassador Mikko Pyhala, Asia and Oceania, when he met the Liberation Tigers' delegation led by Head of the LTTE Political Wing, S.P Thamilchelvan, at the Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday, LTTE sources in Helsinki said. Ambassador Pyhala also encouraged the parties, the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), to arrive at a decision without further delay to institutionalize the joint mechanism for post tsunami management, sources further said.
Mr. Thamilchelvan briefed the Foreign Ministry team on the current status of the Peace Process, Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) and Joint Structure for post-tsunami management in the context of a war-ravaged asymmetrical condition that prevailed in the NorthEast prior to 26 December 2004.
Also present during the discussion were Mr. Kari Karanko, Director, International Environment Policy, Department for Global Affairs, Mr. Timo Karmakallio, Counsellor, Unit for Humanitarian Assistance and Ms. Anna Bjornberg, Programme Officer, Finnish Red Cross.