On 17 September, German Ambassador Jörn Rohde visited the demining sites of the HALO Trust and Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH), who is the local implementing partner of Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Kilinochchi. The aforementioned two non-governmental organisations HALO and MAG received a total sum of 4 million euros (approx. Rs. 800 m) by the German Federal Foreign Office for demining in affected areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Each organisation received 2 million euros to carry out their humanitarian mine clearance activities.
Germany fully supports Sri Lanka to be a mine-impact free country by 2020 and also appreciates very much the Sri Lankan Government’s 2017 decision to accede to the Ottawa Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.