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Donors should channel aid direct to recipient nations - President

UK: Donor nations or agencies should not take the political and global objectives of the recipient country into consideration when granting aid to a country, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he addressed the Commonwealth Heads of States meeting on Reform on International Institutions at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on Tuesday.

President Rajapaksa emphasised that donor nations or agencies should take cognisance of the real situation existing in recipient countries when giving such aid. The President said multi-national Financial Institutions should channel their aid direct to the recipient nations without providing it through NGOs.

In most instances NGOs acted according to their own agendas without identifying people's needs and investing funds properly on development activities, he said. President Rajapaksa also stressed the need for the UN and its agencies to act on a transparent basis.

Heads of State of 12 nations attended this meeting presided by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma also participated. Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday met a British Parliamentary group which comprised representatives from different political parties. The current situation in Sri Lanka and the measures being taken to eradicate terrorism and seek a political solution to the conflict were extensively discussed.

The President explained to them the steps taken to liberate the Eastern Province to hold an election and also the action pursued to implement development schemes and to protect human rights.

The LTTE activities in Britain were widely discussed between the President and the parliamentary group.

The British parliamentary group pledged every possible assistance to Sri Lanka.

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Commonwealth meeting ends

UN: The two-day meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of States on how the international institutions should be reformed to meet the challenges of the 21st century concluded yesterday.

On a decision arrived at the recent meeting, a group consisting of Heads of 11 States including President Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected to discuss reforms of the international institutions.

 

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