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Norway granted $366m to Sri Lanka

[BBC, Friday, 11 November 2011 15:17 No Comment]

Norway has granted 2.5 billion NOK ($366million) to Sri Lanka from 1997-2009, a report issued by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) stated.

The money has been provided to the Sri Lankan government, Norwegian and Sri Lankan non governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Tamil Tigers, according to Norad evaluation report on Sri Lanka’s peace process.

The report says that the funds provided to majority of Sri Lankan NGOs have been properly dispersed.

“One important exception is the Milinda Moragoda Inst together with the Indian NGOs Horison and Sarvatra,” says the report.

The Milinda Moragoda Inst formed by former minister Milinda Moragoda has received more than 60 million NOK.

Mr Moragoda who was a member of the negotiating team on behalf of Ranil Wickramasinghe administration later defected to Mahinda Rajapaksa government after a parliamentary committee found serious allegations of corruption during his tenure with Wickramasinghe administration.

While Sri Lanka Department of External Resources has been given nearly 300,000 million NOK, the government has been granted nearly 70,000 million NOK.

The LTTE peace secretariat has been granted more than 18,000 million NOK and Sarvodaya and Sewalanka headed by Harsha Kumara Navaratne have received similar ammounts.

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