The US Embassy in Colombo has delivered the first consignment of the de-mining assistance by the US Government to the Sri Lankan Army Humanitarian Unit.
At a simple ceremony at the U.S. Embassy premises the Charge’ d’Affaires Valerie C. Fowler handed over four trucks with their respective de-mining equipment to the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya. Issuing a statement, the Embassy said the new donation of vehicles worth 500 thousand US Dollars comes from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka to be used by the Humanitarian De-mining Unit of the Sri Lankan Army in its critical de-mining work in resettlement areas in the North. In addition to the four trucks, the U.S. donation includes five land-cruiser ambulances completely stocked with medical equipment and gurneys. The new ambulances will ensure that the Army’s de-mining teams have emergency medical care and transportation available right at their work sites at all times. The donation from the United States Government also includes seven large Tata troop transport trucks. Both the ambulances and transport trucks will arrive in Sri Lanka in the next few months. Ms. Fowler seized the opportunity to announce the authorization by the U.S. Congress of another one million US Dollars for additional de-mining equipment for the Sri Lankan Military under the Foreign Military Financing program.
The Army Commander thanked the people and the Government of United States for the assistance provided towards Sri Lanka’s de-mining efforts.