Colombo orders Red Cross to leave North

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 November 2010, 13:55 GMT]
Sri Lanka Government ordered the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) to cease operations in the Northern Province at the earliest without giving a specific deadline, ICRC informational officials told the local media, Sunday Times reported. Colombo gave no reason for the order that was given early this week, according to ICRC official Ms. Wijeratne.

ICRC has been asked to perform the administrative work from Colombo.

Media Center for National Security spokesperson Lakshman Halugalle said he is unaware of any such order.

ICRC currently maintains offices in Jaffna and Vavuniya.

Colombo closed down ICRC offices in the Eastern province in a similar manner in 2009.


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