The 1987 agreement between India and Sri Lanka helped defeat the LTTE led by Vellupillai Prabakaran, Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said.Dissanayake said that when the Indo-Lanka accord was signed at the time his father, Gamini Dissanayake, was a Minister in the United National Party (UNP) Government, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party opposed it. He says if the agreement was not signed India would not have supported Sri Lanka to defeat Vellupillai Prabakaran. “After 1987 India did not oppose Sri Lanka’s moves to defeat Prabakaran,” he said. The Minister said that if India had helped Prabakaran, terrorism in Sri Lanka would have been worse that what it was. (Colombo Gazette)
Saudi Arabia facilitated the agreement, and in a message on Twitter, the Foreign Ministry said that the accord, signed in Jeddah “is a historic milestone for the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea, and will contribute to strengthening security and stability in the region at large”.“The signature of the peace agreement between the President of Eritrea and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia is indeed a historic event,” said the Secretary-General, speaking at a press conference following the signing in Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, on the Red Sea coast, with Foreign Minister Adel Aljubeir.We have seen a conflict that has lasted for decades, ending, and that has a very important meaning in a world where we see, unfortunately, so many conflicts multiplying, and lasting forever – UN chief, António Guterres“We have seen a conflict that has lasted for decades, ending, and that has a very important meaning in a world where we see, unfortunately, so many conflicts multiplying, and lasting forever,” added Mr. Guterres.He expressed his “deep appreciation” for the role played by Saudi Arabia, before paying tribute “on one hand to the courage, the vision, the wisdom of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia – who has had the capacity to overcome enormous resistance from the past and open a new chapter in the history of his country – and also the way the President of Eritrea has promptly responded to his peace initiatives.”The thaw in relations between the neighbouring countries, who fought a bloody, unresolved war in the late 1990s, began in earnest in June, when Ethiopia’s newly-elected leader, Abiy Ahmed, made peace overtures to his counterpart, which have now come to fruition.Seizing on the implications for the whole region, Mr. Guterres said that the agreement meant that “there is a wind of hope blowing in the Horn of Africa. It is not only the peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea – it is the fact that tomorrow and the day after tomorrow we will have, here in Saudi Arabia, the President of Djibouti and the President of Eritrea – two countries that have also been at odds with each other.”According to news reports, Eritrea and Djibouti announced on Friday that they would also normalize diplomatic relations with each other following a falling out on the border, in 2008, which left several dead and resulted in prisoners being taken on both sides.The UN chief also noted the peace agreement between the President and his former Vice President in South Sudan, that was signed on Thursday – in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa – as another indicator of real diplomatic movement across the Horn of Africa and its borders.“I want to say that this window of hope is enormously important in a world where, unfortunately, hope has been very scarce,” added the Secretary-General.
Registrar at the University of Guyana, Dr Nigel GravesandeAlthough the University of Guyana (UG) caters for more than 7000 students, it was announced at a recent installation ceremony, that only some 400 students would have participated in a democratic election process to select a new President for UG’s Students’ Society (UGSS).This is according to a Registrar of the University, Dr Nigel Gravesande who shared remarks during the brief ceremony convened at the University’s Turkeyen Campus.He said, “Student governance here at the University of Guyana generally goes unnoticed by the average UG student but your efforts are felt everywhere on our two campuses and four centers…having less than 400 students participating in a democratic process that involves in excess of 7000 students needs us to urge and work assiduously to do better next time”.Gravesande told this publication that the number of students who participated in the election process, happens to be about the same each year although the hopes the number of voters can be increased.“I wanted to see much greater involvement in the democratic process, its important and I hope that as the years go progress that we would have a larger turn out to select the representatives that will lead the governance structure of the students,” the Registrar added.He said he believes it is because the students try to stay focused that they choose not to participate in such events, although it does not take away their focus.Nevertheless the University had its new President of the student body sworn in.New UGSS President Devta RamroopElected to serve was Devta Ramroop of the Natural Sciences Faculty. Along with her, several other representatives were elected to serve in various capacities.Ramroop will be responsible for making representations on behalf of her fellow students at decision making meetings and at other forums.She was also elected to serve in the capacity of a faculty representative in Natural Sciences.She was warned by the past president of the UGSS that she will no longer have time for herself as it will go towards the development of the University, even as he congratulated her.While giving her remarks, the newly elected president expressed how happy she was to be appointed to the position, as a female.According to her, “In recent years women throughout the world have been tirelessly working towards breaking the glass ceiling. At nearly every decision-making firm in our country men have been the dominant voices, I mean nothing is wrong with that but today I stand on the strong shoulders of two females presidents before me…the 16-years drought is finally over”.Ramroop said she hopes her sincere service will embolden others to rise to take up the challenge as well. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUG students complain of exorbitant graduation fees, threaten boycottJuly 16, 2016In “latest news”Over 3,000 new university students enrolled at Turkeyen CampusAugust 29, 2018In “latest news”US based family gifts land, property to UG towards bursary for Berbice studentsJanuary 20, 2018In “Business”