Rescue Ops In Tsunami Devastated Tamil Areas
The Request Have Made To International Community
LTTE's Political Head Mr. S. P. Thamilchelvan told TamilNet following a conference with Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr Hans Brattskar, in Killinochchi where they discussed the proper channeling of aid to northeast for Tsunami relief as being planned by PDS.
"To coordinate the delivery of aid for immediate relief, we have established Task Forces in each district. In the next stage we will establish structures to ensure that our people get the assistance they need to rebuild their lives", he added.
"We informed the Norwegian Ambassador that this was the intention of our leadership. We requested that Norway discuss the necessary steps with the Sri Lanka government and the international community and seek all necessary assistance available."
"So far we do not know for certain which countries have promised how much. But it is the Tamil homelands in the North and East that were worst hit by the tsunami. Therefore we expect that the international community will keep that in mind when determining its aid," said Mr Thamilchelvan.
"I spoke to the Ambassador about how that aid should reach the Tamil people. In the first three or four days after the disaster struck, the Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) that provided the humanitarian aid. Based on this experience, we explained what kind of aid we would hope to receive from the international community," he said.
"So far we have asked for assistance in meeting the humanitarian needs of our people. The request we have made that assist as much as possible in meeting this need," he said. Our Planning and Development Secretariat is calculating how much we expect reconstruction to cost, which we will submit to the international community at the earliest opportunity," he noted.