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Cablegate: Sri Lanka Pledges Its Support for Haiti

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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB, PASS TO STACY D. WILLIAMS, MAURA
O'NEIL, HAITI TASKFORCE ONE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA PLEDGES ITS SUPPORT FOR HAITI

REF: STATE 4854

1. (U) On January 19, PolOff delivered reftel points thanking
Sri Lanka for their humanitarian assistance to Haiti to Sri
Lankan MFA U.N. and Multilateral Affairs Director General
(DG) Ambassador Aruni Wijewardene. Wijewardene informed us
that the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) had pledged $25,000
towards humanitarian assistance. SL will announce this
pledge at the UN General Assembly's special session on Haiti
this week. Wijewardene noted that SL's UN mission in New
York had advised the GSL to provide this assistance directly
to the Government of Haiti. In addition to the pledged
funds, Wijewardene highlighted that approximately 1000 SL UN
Peacekeeping soldiers were providing on the ground assistance
such as search and rescue and other emergency services. The
GSL confirmed that four SL officers assigned to the UN HQ in
Haiti had suffered minor injuries.
BUTENIS

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