DR Congo UN steps up border patrols after reported rebel arms trafficking

“This concern stems from information on the seizure in Uganda of vehicles transporting arms,” UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Amadou Gueye told the weekly news briefing in Kinshasa, the capital, yesterday.“Measures to halt this traffic include first of all continuing to patrol this frontier with our units deployed in the sector,” he said, stressing that the DRC and Ugandan armies are also cooperating closely in the matter.The LRA terrorized northern Uganda for two decades before spilling over into neighbouring countries, including the DRC, and has been accused of committing atrocities such as mutilations and the recruitment of child soldiers. 23 September 2010United Nations peacekeepers are patrolling the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda after reports of arms trafficking by the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) across DRC and southern Sudan. read more

IPU President says Sri Lanka beacon of hope for others

The President, welcoming the IPU President, said that he would extend fullest support to IPU programmes to promote youth and women participation in government and parliament. He pointed out that already steps have been initiated to introduce a women’s quota for local government body elections.Mr Chowdhury pointed out that although 50% of the world population is below the age of 30, only 1.9% of the Parliamentarians in the world are below 30 years of age. President Sirisena said he strongly believes that intelligent youths should take more governing and parliamentary responsibilities. Saber Chowdhury made this statement when he called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. He also expressed his appreciation over the anti-tobacco campaign of President Sirisena. Secretary General of parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake was also present on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) Pointing out that in some countries parliaments have been marginalized by Executive Presidents and in some other countries Government terms have been extended through referendums, the IPU President said, “Sri Lanka is a beacon of hope for other parliamentary democracies.” President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury said President Maithripala Sirisena is an inspiration to all those who work to strengthen parliamentary democracies in the world.He said the step taken by President Sirisena to dilute the executive powers of the Executive Presidency and vest them with the parliamentary is an important step towards strengthening democracy. read more