Norway gives Sri Lanka Rs. 300 mn, says more aid depends on Joint Mechanism

Norway will give Sri Lanka a further Rs. 300 mn to revive a tsunami hit fisheries sector, but says more funding will come only when an aid sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels is in place. Norway will give Sri Lanka a further Rs. 300 mn to revive a tsunami hit fisheries sector, but says more funding will come only when an aid sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels is in place.

Bulk of the Rs. 300 mn cash injection will go towards helping fishermen in the Ampara District, funding replacment and repair of boats damaged by the tsunami.

Further Norwegian funding will be made possible as soon as the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) becomes operational”, the Norwegian Embassy said in a statement on Wednesday.

The P-TOMS or the Joint Mechanism is an aid sharing deal with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to channel tsunami aid to affected areas in the rebel held North.

The government’s coalition partner, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) pulled out of the ruling Alliance in protest over President Kumaratunga’s decision to go ahead with the aid deal.

The Joint Mechanism has however not yet been signed, though donors are insisting it be in pl