CC to meet donor agencies regularly
COLOMBO: The Disaster Management and Human Rights Ministry in
a release said the Consultative Committees chaired by Disaster
Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will meet on
regular basis with key UN agencies, ICRC and EU representatives to
address matters of common concern.
This decision was arrived at a meeting the President had with
Ambassadors of Co-Chair countries.
"Following President Mahinda Rajapaksa's meeting with the Ambassadors
of the Co-Chair countries, it was agreed that a Consultative Committee
chaired by the Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister comprising
the Secretary of the Defence, Public Policy and Law and Order Ministry
and the Foreign Ministry, Commissioner General of Essential Services and
the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace
Process (SCOPP) would meet on a regular basis with key UN agencies, ICRC
representatives and representatives of the European Commission (EU) to
address matters of common concern."
The first of the fortnightly committee meetings, chaired by the
Minister was held on October 14 to discuss matters pertaining to
humanitarian assistance, access and the mandate of the representative
Julian Wison - Head of Delegation, European Commission, Juergen
Weerth - the EU representative for the President and the Ambassador to
Germany; Amin Awad - Acting Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian
Coordinator for the UN and Representative to the UN High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR); Toon Vandenhove - Head of Delegation,
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and high level
representatives from World Food Programme (WFP); UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); United Nations
International Children's Fund (UNICEF); and the UN Department of Safety
and Security (UNDSS) were also present at the meeting.
The Consultative Committee Meetings will precede the National
Coordination Meeting on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), chaired by
the Minister, which are held monthly basis at the Ministry while the IDP
Coordination Meeting will deal with policy matters involving the MOD,
MOFA and CGES, the Consultative Committee Meeting will help implement
these policy recommendations.
The Committee was informed by the Minister that the CGES had approved
the requests submitted by the UN and the ICRC for transportation of
logistical supplies, fuel, and medical supplies into the Vanni and
building materials into Vakarai, Batticaloa.
The Defence Secretary requested that the UN agencies and the ICRC
further facilitate the supply needs in the Jaffna Peninsula.
Other issues discussed at the meeting were visa matters of expatriate
personnel and security concerns.
The next Consultative Committee Meeting will take place on November
03 under the chairmanship of the Minister, the release states.