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* Japan grants Sri Lanka Rs. 1.5 billion for demining in North
Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 01:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 27, Colombo: The Government of Japan has granted Rs. 1.5 billion (approximately US$ 11.5 million) in aid to Sri Lanka for the demining programme in the north.

Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Nobuhito Hobo has signed the relevant agreement at his official residence this morning, the state-run radio said.

Speaking at the occasion Ambassador Hobo, said that the demining programme is nearing completion and it has led to increase in infrastructure development and facilitated the resettlement of IDPs in the northern and eastern provinces.

He added that the government of Japan has provided a total of US$ 27 million since 2003 for demining projects in the North and East and the Japanese assisted demining programs have enabled people in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts to recommence their livelihoods.

Japan has been a major donor supporting mine clearance in Sri Lanka to accelerate the return and resettlement of internal displaced persons and facilitate recommencement of agriculture and other livelihood activities.

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