Kosovo attains 'historic milestone' toward a sovereign nation
Tamil Guardian 12 September 2012
Kosovo has gained “full sovereignty” after the International Steering Group (ISG) announced on September 10 that it will end its supervision of the country. The International Steering Group (ISG) is comprised of 23 European Union members, United States and Turkey which had monitored Kosovo since its independence in 2008 from Serbia.
US President Barack Obama described the end of supervision as a “historic milestone”. In a written statement he added, “Kosovo has made significant progress in solidifying the gains of independence and in building the institutions of a modern, multiethnic, inclusive and democratic state.”
Russia sided with Serbia, recognising Kosovo as a “quasi-state with no international legal personality”.
Oversight of Kosovo will still continue however, in the form of 6,000 NATO peacekeepers and 1,000 European Union police officers to prevent ethnic clash between minority Serbs living in the northern region of Kosovo and majority ethnic-Albanians.
Kosovo’s independence has been recognised by 90 other countries which include most EU nations.
The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over a recent Memorandum of understanding, signed between the US Embassy in Colombo and the Trincomalee Urban Council, to establish an ‘American Corner’, a public information centre.
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.
Sri Lanka's Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister, Mervyn Silva, has decided to launch a hotline for public complaints, reports Colombo Page. The hotline would allow the user to choose their language of choice,