April 07, 2009 (LBO) – The Netherlands will stop giving aid to Sri Lanka due to an internal conflict, ending a longstanding partnership which had given 30 to 40 million Euros each year to the island, a media report said. A web report of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Sinhala Service said the Netherlands government had informed the country’s parliament that it had terminated aid to a number of countries along with Sri Lanka.
The report said aid to Sri Lanka and the African nation of Eritrea will be ended due to “the political situation:.
“We think it is very difficult to work in Sri Lanka because of the violence. So, we will end our partner-country relationship with Sri Lanka,” the BBC quoted Dutch development minister Bert Koenders as saying.
Dutch aid to Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cape Verde and Macedonia would also end.