Sri Lanka invited to visit Chechnya for post war experience

“If Sri Lanka is interested we can arrange the visit,” Karchava  said at a media briefing in Colombo today. He recalled that Russia has in the past voted against resolution submitted against Sri Lanka at the UN Haman Rights Council.The Ambassador said that Russia stands for any conflict situation to be resolved peacefully. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka has been invited to visit Chechnya to learn how the former war zone is recovering and rebuilding.Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava said he had put forward the proposal to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. After a decade of unsuccessfully fighting for independence, Chechnya is now firmly under the control of a Russian-appointed leader.The Ambassador asserted that Russia will not interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs and how Sri Lanka addresses concerns over the war is upto the Sri Lankan Government. Kumaratunga is heading a task force on reconciliation and Karchava said he proposed to her that Sri Lanka send a delegation to Chechnya to learn about how the city is rebuilding after war. read more

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Mandela was only taken off US terrorism watchlist in 2008

first_imgDAYS BEFORE HIS 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present.On 1 July 2008, more than eighteen years after his release from a South African prison, then-President George W Bush signed a bill which removed Mandela from the US terror watch list.Mandela and other South African leaders had been added to the list by order of South Africa’s apartheid regime which designated the African National Congress (ANC) as a terrorist organisation as it fought against racial segregation in the country.Up until his removal from the list, Mandela had to apply for special permission in order to be able to visit the United States.“He had no place on our government’s terror watch list and I’m pleased to see this bill finally become law,” John Kerry, former Democratic candidate for president and current US Secretary of State, said at the time.Condoleeza Rice, the Secretary of State under President Bush, said the restrictions were “a rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela”.The bill, named HR 5690, stated that it would “exempt the African National Congress from treatment as a terrorist organisation for certain acts or events [and] provide relief for certain members of the African National Congress regarding admissibility.”Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also described the ANC as a “typical terrorist organisation” in 1987, leading to condemnation from human rights supporters.Nelson Mandela will be given a state funeral in South Africa on 15 December. He is to be laid to rest in his home town of Qunu.Read: Nelson Mandela’s funeral to be held on 15 December > A world mourns: Memories of Mandela grace the front pages >last_img read more

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