US supports P-TOMS, but wont put money in P-TOMS trust fund

The US says it will not put money for tsunami reconstruction into the P-TOMS (Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure) trust fund due to “legal restrictions.” The US says it will not put money for tsunami reconstruction into the P-TOMS (Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure) trust fund due to “legal restrictions.” A statement from the US embassy on Friday said “because of legal restrictions, the US will not be contributing to the trust fund associated with the P-TOMS.”

The statement did not specify what these legal restrictions were, but the LTTE is listed as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US.

However, the US says it supports the government’s P-TOMS mechanism and welcomes contributions to the fund from other donors.

“The US supports a mechanism such as that outlined in the Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) to coordinate the equitable and expeditious prioratisation, delivery and distribution of assistance to tsunami victims from all communities in the north and east,” it said.

The US Congress allocated around US$ 130 mn for tsunami relief and reconstruction in Sri Lanka this year.

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