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Sri Lanka Ready To Share Its Demining Experience With Other Countries: Ravinatha

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has said Sri Lanka stands ready to share its experience in comprehensive demining as a ‘best practice’ with countries which are facing similar challenges. Noting that “Sri Lanka’s continuing progress in demining has been achieved by telescoping what according to some estimates was to take 15 – 20 years, into one of 5 – 7 years duration, he said this was not only a rewarding experience for our people as they now move about freely across the country, but also a positive lesson for other conflict affected countries, where nationally owned and nationally driven programmes could achieve their intended purposes, if the necessary political commitment, resolve and pragmatic vision is put in place”.

Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Aryasinha made these observations when he addressed the 16th Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the use of Mines, Booby-Traps and other Devices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on Wednesday (12 November 2014) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons came as a result of an increased international realization that the effects caused by certain conventional weapons may be excessively injurious and indiscriminate.  The Convention and its Protocols together manifest a clear intention and commitment of the Contracting Parties to address this challenge effectively, through the adoption of national programmes and measures.

Ambassador Aryasinha said “the GoSL successfully embarked on a very difficult challenge of demining an area of approximately 5,000 square kilometers of land initially estimated to be contaminated with mines, out of which approximately 2,064 square kilometers were confirmed as hazardous areas. The scale of the problem Sri Lanka faced in demining can be clearly seen from the number of mines and other devices unearthed and neutralized during the demining process.  Over  1,128,336 explosive devices (1,712- anti tank,  615,669-anti personal and  510,955 UXOs) have been recovered as at September  2014. Five years since the ending of the terrorist conflict in Sri Lanka, so far this year alone, a total of 55,761 explosive devices, including 78 Anti- Tank mines, 28,577 Anti Personnel mines and 27,106 UXOs have been recovered. Demining continues to take place as the number of mines and IEDs laid by the LTTE was extensive and their locations unknown.”

He said, “75% of this demining work had been allocated to the Sri Lanka Army, which was the largest single area assigned to any of the parties involved in demining and included most of the densely mined regions. The demining process was also supported by funding from donor countries and the UN and carried out by INGOs/NGOs such as the Halo Trust, DDG, MAG, FSD, Sarvatra, Horizon, MMIPE and DASH.”

“Out of the total confirmed hazardous area, 96.2% has already been cleared and only 78.8 square kilometers of territory remains to be cleared. It is expected that these areas too will be completely cleared in the near future.”

Ambassador Aryasinha said, “due to this efficient and effective demining process and also to the infrastructure development in the former conflict affected area, the Government of Sri Lanka was able to resettle a total of 510,710 persons (153,837 families) out of nearly 767,748 IDPs (226,824 families), in the Northern Province and 257,038 persons (72,987 families) in the Eastern Province. As per the Joint Study undertaken by the Ministry of Resettlement, the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province (PTF); and the UNHCR, as of August 2014, only a total of 26,056 persons (7,840 families) remain to be resettled, which includes 21,747 persons (6,498 families) from the North and 4,309 persons (1,342 families) from the East.”

He noted that “while focusing on the operationalization of the Amended Protocol II and considering matters arising from the annual reports presented by High Contracting Parties, it is imperative that special attention is paid to the development of technologies which could protect civilians. Similarly, it is important that concerted efforts be taken to create greater awareness among the public about indiscriminate effects of mines, booby traps and other devices. It may also be timely to look into effective cooperation to ensure the wellbeing of victims in a more coordinated manner.”

 

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    The only experience Sri Lanka can share with the world is how to UNDERMINE law and order, constitutions, decency, honour , culture and unity of a country! Fortunately, there will not be any seekers.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Ambassador Aryasinha

      RE” Sri Lanka Ready To Share Its Demining Experience With Other Countries: Ravinatha

      Whatever you say is a lie, and is token

      Nobody believes you, your boss, your President and many others is the Sri Lanka State

      http://lankaenews.com/news/119

      Common candidate maiden media meeting a roaring success ; Incumbent President wrecked executive Presidency – CB

      (Lanka-e-News- 11.Nov.2014, 2.30PM) The evils of the executive Presidency have been aggravated further by the present ruler’s reign . Therefore the political parties and groups that have united so far are having the strength to remedy this deplorably grave situation ,the former President and the likely common Presidential candidate, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunge stated.

      She made these queries via a special notification addressed to the representatives attending the maiden meeting convened by the political parties and groups yeaterday chaired by Ven. Sobitha Thera to decide on a common candidate .

      The notification states thus :

      Karu Jayasuriya whose name is being mentioned as a prospective common candidate also attended this meeting. However , without occupying a main seat , he sat with the other UNP leaders.

      Ven. Sobitha Thera , opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe , Democratic party leader Sarath Fonseka , Democratic national front leader Mano Ganeshan , Sri Lanka (SL) Communist party politburo member Raja Uswetakeiyawa, Lanka Sama Samaja party central committee member lawyer Lal Wijenayake , National United Alliance leader Azad Salley , Arjuna Ranatunge M.P. , Mawbima Janatha party leader Hemakumara Nanayakkara , Nawa Sihala Peramuna leader Sarath Mahamendra , Ruhunu Janatha Peramuna leader Aruna De Soysa , Eksath Janatha Peramuna leader Sirimasiri Hapuarachchi, Sunil Jayasekera of the Free Media Movement , lawyer Upul Kumaraperuma of the lawyers organization for Democracy and member of former MP’s circle Anura Bastian participated in the discussions.

      Senior leaders of the Sama Samaja and Communist parties participating in this media conference is an index that they are for an opposition common candidate though their leaders are with the government .This was most strikingly conspicuous. The full text of the notification from former President Chandrika sent to the representatives of maiden meeting reads thus :

      ”I am in deep appreciation of the foundation that is being laid today by the political parties, groups and citizens organizations, and to make an announcement in unison of the common program aimed at introducing profound changes to the political culture and governance of our country.

      The breakdown of the legal foundation ; violation of the fundamental rights of the citizens ; the erosion of media freedom ; the destruction of the independence of the courts , police service and public service which are the cornerstones of Democracy have inflicted heavy damage on human freedom and democratic governance .

      The limitless power of the executive Presidency had been the cause of this destruction. This had been further exacerbated by the methods adopted by the incumbent executive chief . At today’s high powered meeting it had been expressed in one voice that this event marks the initial program aimed at abolition of the executive Presidency , reviving the 17th amendment , resurrection of democratic governance and revival of the fundamental rights of the citizens.

      It is my conviction this united effort will have the strength and courage to rebuild this country based on its best traditions that will respect humaneness , democracy and human rights. I extend my fullest support to this along with my blessings and best wishes .”

      -Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunge.-

      The views expressed by speakers at this conference can be viewed via the voice cut appended herein.

      The special message of Chandrika Bandranaike Kumaranatunge

      Speech of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera

      Speech of Ranil Wickremesinghe

      Speech of General Fonseka

      Speech of Communist party politburo member Raja Uswetakaiyawa

      Speech of Azad Salley

      Speech of Hemakumara Nanayakkara

      Speeches of Arjuna Ranatunge and Mano Ganeshan ,

      and many photographs depicting the media discussion.

      Meanwhile, at the rally ‘Pivithuru hetak’ at Hyde park on the 12 th headed by Ven. Athurelya Raththane Thera , the JVP and the UNP too are to participate , a spokesman revealed.

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      At least 50% of landmines were buried by the democratic government of SL, so demining was 50% easier than any other civil wars in the world..

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        I think a terrorist knows best!

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          It’s common knowledge the army used mines against the LTTE- i dont think our military has ever denied it. Just sit down and relax without getting your knickers in a twist over everything. Next you’ll be saying the military didnt use guns, only threw flowers. Umbala wage cardboard deshapremeen…

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      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

      Another experience that this government can share with the rest of the world is how to wipe clean crime scene.

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        Dear Native,

        Your bosom buddy , the new convert Dr Narendran got a point.

        Most of the experts who designed, manufactured and laid those Mines are in the Diaspora… Right.

        Why would the demining NGOs and their handlers have to come all the way to Srilanka when they have all that expertise almost next door to them,

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “Why would the demining NGOs and their handlers have to come all the way to Srilanka when they have all that expertise almost next door to them,”

          Hindians trained your Tamil brethren in the art of effective terrorism including how to make mines, bombs,………..etc.

          Here is an excerpt from Hindian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha’s address to FCA:

          Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka
          Professional body of Colombo-based foreign correspondents

          “The next priority was livelihood restoration. In order to quickly revive farming activities in the North, we supplied 95,000 packs of agricultural implements and seeds to farmers. We also provided 500 tractors to agro-centres across the five districts of the Northern Province. To help facilitate movement of the people and their early resettlement, India contributed seven demining teams, which I understand, cleared over 70 million square metres of mine-infested areas. We also organized artificial limb-fitment camps to address the needs of victims of mines and other unexploded ordnances.”

          Indian High Commissioner Y. K. Sinha’s address to FCA
          http://fcasrilanka.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/

          “Your bosom buddy , the new convert Dr Narendran got a point.”

          When did Dr Narendran become my bosom buddy? We agree to disagree, agree to agree, etc. He assured me that he never had the chance to enjoy Kandyan hospitality.

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            Dear Native,

            I thought you drink with him in Down Town Toronto ( or is it Scarborough) like the other Dr, Mahesan and his mate Theva in Manchester….

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      RN,
      You are right. And add to your list; the best advice SL can share with anybody is how to annihilate terrorism.

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        — and plant seeds for further waves of terrorism.

        Dr.RN

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    Hi Ambassdor

    why not also share the experince how to lie through your teeth and lie on oath

  • 8
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    Have you organised your political asylum, Mister High Commissioner? Where would you go after the Presidential election? You can serve as a consultant for some of the South American and African despots.

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    Sri Lankan Forces had the distinct advantage of winning the war long before the entire LTTE land mass ladened with land mines were demined, because the LTTE withdrew from the areas they held control, burying their armoury and even abandoning their stronghold Kilinochchi to make it easy for the Forces to massacre them once they assembled on the beachfront sans arms and cover. Thereafter the Govt carried out the demining programme at ease with International help. Now these Buggers are trying to offer advice to others, after the demining was funded and assisted by the International community. Thanks to that hoax and betrayer KP who is afforded maximum protection and comfort today by MR, probably could teach a few things on Treachery.

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      Poor Kabini, still hasn’t woken up to the fact that his erstwhile heroes, despite running away to cower behind children and hide under women’s skirts, got their arses well and truly whooped by the Lankan forces :D

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        Wee Thamihz Senior Journalist D:Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

        Once again your riposte is brilliant.

        “despite running away to cower behind children and hide under women’s skirts,”

        This trait runs in the gene.

        This is exactly what the Sri Lankan armed forces did when they heard the sonic boom of 5 Mirage 2000s and 5 AN 32s on 4 July 1987. Actually VP’s fat bump saved them from IPKF.

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        Sarma,

        It seems that the LTTE must have wound you up like no bodies business as you cannot make even a single sentence without mentioning the LTTE!

        Do you dream about LTTE? You have been :Ding for a long while; yet, not able to move on from the euphoria of beating the LTTE. I feel sad for you. I think you need help; ask someone to shake you, palpitate you to such an extent in order alleviate you from this condition :D

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    David Blacker we saw for thirty years how you buggers were running in circles with your tail in between your legs. Our Forces did not kill the LTTE and defeated them in combat in thirty months. The Forces only killed the unarmed LTTE when they were ready to surrender after burying their armoury. What a set of brave soldiers? Some of the Senior Army Personnel have shown their willingness to come forward and testify to save the good name of the Forces who did not contribute to the Genocide under Gota. The Forces were mucked up by Gota and MR who has had deals with the KP faction of the LTTE, just like how he tried to send Karuna Amman to England as Kokila Gunawardene on a false Passport.

    Why don’t you give the list of the dead Forces for the thirty months from Jan 2007 to May 2009? Then we can see how many forces died in the thirty months that you claim to have defeated the LTTE.

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      Gamini, gamini gamini!!!
      Were not the LTTE to swallow cyanide capsules instead of surrendering?
      They should have listened to Parayabakaran!

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    Aryasinghe was yet again not telling the entire truth.
    apart from a fleeting mention of the “assistance” provided Halo Trust there was no mention of Halo Trust training and development of Army Personal on demining, providing hi-tech equipment, providing detail surveys and funding. If not for Halo Trust there was no way that vast areas would have been cleared.
    Countries have been referring to Halo Trust on its demining experienc in Sri Lanka
    btw- Sri Lanka have yet to be a signatory on the Landmine Treaty.

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    Between 1999 and 2008 there were 21,993 casualties including deaths. Most of the victims were from north and east. That explains why there is no specific or coordinated programmes to assist the victims. In many cases the widows risked their lives in clearing mines to help their families. No country should share these experiences. On the other hand the var affected military personnel were rightly assisted with cash, emotional and artificial limps.

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    get the work done by the vulnerable and exposing to risk and reducing their life

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    Tamil women were paid $200 a MONTH to do the dangerous demining work around Vavuniya for a Swiss Charity according to this YouTube clip:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip8L8z_bk70

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