marks International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
The High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and the Maldives marked
'International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action' on
April 4, with an event at Canada House bringing together key government
officials, members of the international, diplomatic and donor
communities, demining organisations and civil society.
Minister for Prison Reform, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu
Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan was the Chief Guest.
The High Commissioner of Canada, Shelley Whiting reccomended the
considerable gains made in mine action and mine clearance in Sri Lanka
since the end of the conflict in 2009 and stressed the importance of
continued, collective efforts for mine-impact free Sri Lanka by 2020.
High Commissioner Whiting said "Canada welcomed Sri Lanka's
announcement of progress with respect to accession to the Ottawa
Convention and looks forward to continued engagement with Sri Lanka in
the months and years to come, as we strive together to create a world
and a Sri Lanka free of anti-personnel mines."