Top British official says Sri Lanka’s rebuilding targets are optimistic

Top British officials say Sri Lanka’s reconstruction targets are optimistic at best, and urges setting up a controversial joint mechanism to share aid in rebel held areas of the North. Top British officials say Sri Lanka’s reconstruction targets are optimistic at best, and urges setting up a controversial joint mechanism to share aid in rebel held areas of the North.

British Development Minister and Member of Parliament, Gareth Thomas said Sri Lanka’s reconstruction could take two to five years to complete, on a visit over the last few days to tsunami hit districts in the country.

“The scale of destruction is such that we think it will take longer than we thought. It could take three to five years to complete the whole recovery. It is an optimistic assessment that the rebuilding could happen in two years,” Thomas said on Thursday.

He urged the government to solve political differences and set up a joint mechanism to share aid with the North, largely held by rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“We are clear we want the joint mechanism to be established so that all people in the North, South and East will have access to funds from the internationa