Following the development of a major humanitarian crisis in the North Eastern Province of Sri Lanka as a result of fighting between government forces and the LTTE, Norway has announced an emergency relief and rehabilitation aid of $ 1.5 million.
A statement from the Norwegian Minister for International Development Erik Solheim said on Thursday: "During the past few days, there has been intense ground fighting in eastern Sri Lanka.
The hostilities follow a year in which the country has suffered severely from political violence."
"The fighting affects a large number of innocent civilians belonging to different ethnic groups and there is great need for emergency relief. Particularly the Muslims have been severely affected."
"We hope these funds will help relieve the most immediate suffering."
The emergency relief will be channelled through the Red Cross and NGOs.
Norway is the peace facilitator in Sri Lanka, and its special envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer, is currently in the island trying to re-establish the broken ceasefire and get settle the issue of truce monitors from the European Union (EU) settled.
Norway is incidentally the first country to extend emergency aid for war victims in Sri Lanka.
Over 800 people, combatants and civilians, Tamils, Sinhalas and Muslims, have been killed in the past year, though officially a Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) has been in place.