Sri Lanka

    The International Committee of the Red Cross is planning to shut down its operations in northern Sri Lanka for good in the wake of a government statement saying that the group’s mandate in the country has changed since the conflict in the area ended in May 2009. A spokesperson for ICRC said they are making preparations to close down their office in the region and are in talks with the Sri Lankan government on continuing their work from the organization’s Colombo office. ICRC has been scaling down its operations in Sri Lanka since mid-2009 and has already closed four offices following government requests, IRIN says.

    The agency has been in Sri Lanka since 1989 and was the only international group that remained when conflict between the government and the Tamil Tigers heightened in 2008.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.