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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum launches Landmine Monitor Report 2006

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 09 September, ( ‘Landmine Monitor Report 2006’ will be launched in Sri Lanka on September 13 2006 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo, concurrently with the global release of the Report in Geneva. The British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka,. Mr. Dominick Chilcott, will be the Chief Guest.

Organized by the Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum, this event is aimed at increasing public awareness of the socio-economic impact of landmines and the critical importance of a global ban on landmines.

A summary of the Report’s findings, statements from the government, donor community, landmine survivors and an overview of the landmine
problem in Sri Lanka will be presented to the media.

A panel of eminent speakers will then take questions from the media. The speakers include Mr. M.S. Jayasinghe, Chairman of the National Steering Committee on Mine Action and Secretary to the Ministry of Nation Building and Development, Ambassador Satnam Jit Singh, Diplomatic Advisor, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Mr. Bradman Weerakoon, Former Advisor to the President, Mr. Jeevan Thiagarajah, Executive Director, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, and Mr. Tim Horner, Technical Advisor, UNDP Support to Mine Action in Sri Lanka Project.

The launch will be followed by an interactive exhibition encompassing several perspectives; the exhibits include various types of landmines used in Sri Lanka, maps showing the geographic spread of minefields, landmine detection equipment and photographs of mine clearance activity.

It is a visually arresting comprehensive learning experience of the country’s landmine problem.

There will also be signage, publications as well as prosthetic limbs and wheelchairs.

The Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF), formed in December 2003, is a network of national and international humanitarian agencies facilitated by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies to advocate for a total ban on the use of antipersonnel landmines in Sri Lanka.

Organizations interested in working towards a landmine ban are warmly encouraged to attend the monthly meetings at the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies.

- Asian Tribune -

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