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Last updated: 15 August, 2007 - Published 18:44 GMT
 
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Holmes factually correct - UN
 
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The United Nations says that Undersecretary John Holmes had all along maintained that humanitarian aid workers in Sri Lanka are at risk.

Speaking to Sandesaya, the spokesman to the UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq said that Sri Lanka in the year 2006 was placed second worst country in the world for humanitarian work.

"The Undersecretary is factually correct", he said.

This is mainly because seventeen humanitarian workers were killed in a single incident in Muttur, said the spokesman Haq.

Govt. accusation

Meanwhile the Sri Lankan Highways minister, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle this morning described the United Nations Undersecretary John Holmes as a terrorist.

At a news briefing, Mr Fernandopulle also accused Mr Holmes, the UN undersecretary general for Humanitarian Affairs of taking a bribe from the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The minister gave no proof for his allegations but they come after Mr Holmes voiced concern about aid worker safety on the island last week.

Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle
Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

The Sri Lankan government has in the past disowned controversial remarks by Mr Fernandopulle, saying they do not reflect official policy.

The United Nations says that Undersecretary John Holmes had all along maintained that humanitarian aid workers in Sri Lanka are at risk.

Speaking to Sandesaya, the spokesman to the UN Secretary General, Franc Huck said that Sri Lanka in the year 2006 was placed second worst country in the world for humanitarian work.

"The Undersecretary is factually correct", he said.

This is mainly because seventeen humanitarian workers were killed in a single incident in Muttur, said the spokesman.

 
 
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