Cabinet approves proposal to ratify Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Cabinet approves proposal to ratify Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Cabinet approves proposal to ratify Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

Written by Tharushan Fernando

04 Mar, 2016 | 6:20 am

Cabinet has decided to ratify the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention also known as the Ottawa Treaty.

The decision was elaborated on at the Cabinet media briefing held on Thursday.

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs,Dr. Harsha de Silva stated that through the signing of this convention, Sri Lanka will refrain from manufacturing, storing, transporting and using landmines. He said that through this treaty, a pledge has been made to the International Community  that all land-mine reserves in the country will be destroyed.

Also speaking at the media briefing, the Minister of Mass Media commented on the bill for the Right to Information Act.

“We are working towards tabling this historical bill to parliament next week” said Co-cabinet Spokesperson Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka who noted that all arrangements, for this move are in place.

Journalists also asked questions on the alleged money deposited at foreign banks.

Acting Minister of International Trade, Sujeewa Senasinghe, in response stated that the biggest issue at hand in terms of these foreign accounts is the fact that these foreign accounts are being maintained as a trade in a small country.

He went on to explain that when a small country requests for details on these accounts, these countries are not obliged to comply and there is no international law which requires them to do so either. So, it takes a considerable amount of time to investigate such matters and prove its facts, explained the minister.

“But we are certain that there is money in these accounts” charged the minster who went on to note that if an order is issued to these countries from a more powerful country, to issue this on the behalf of Sri Lanka, they would definitely comply.

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