President says judiciary now independent

President Maithripala Sirisena says recent rulings by the Court proves that the judiciary in Sri Lanka is now independent.Speaking at an event today, the President said that the ruling on the Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and the former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa proves there is no Government influence in the judiciary. President Maithripala Sirisena said that recently he had met a group of judges and they had told him that the judges do not get directions from the Government anymore. (Colombo Gazette) The Court had recently ruled against moves to remove Ekanayake and also arrest Rajapaksa in two separate cases. read more

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No nominations for Prasanna WP CM looks at options

President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give nominations for Western Province (WP) Chief Minister (CM) Prasanna Ranatunga to contest the Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), sources close to Ranatunga told the Colombo Gazette.Ranatunga is to meet former President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow to discuss the latest developments and is also expected to convene a media briefing to announce his next step. Sources said that Ranatunga is prepared to contest the election under another political party if the President refuses to reverse the decision not to give him nominations from the UPFA. Ranatunga is being investigated by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) over allegations surrounding a land deal. Ranatunga had last week denied allegations of corruption made against him and his wife after his wife was also questioned over the same land deal. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya read more

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MR feels Tamils overseas not investing enough in North East

Rajapaksa says the city of Colombo where the majority of the population does not belong to the majority community in the country is an example to the entire world of the co-existence of religions and ethnic groups.“In Sri Lanka Hinduism also finds acceptance within the fold of popular Buddhism. Every Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka features shrines to certain Hindu Gods particularly Lord Vishnu who is seen as one of the guardian deities of Sri Lanka,” he said. He says the majority of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka permanently live outside the north and east, among the Sinhala people and the tolerance and the peaceful nature of Buddhism gives the nation this strength.Rajapaksa also noted that the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has gone on record opposing any move to deprive Buddhism of the foremost place accorded by the constitution and to turn Sri Lanka into a secular state.He says apart from being the religion of the vast majority of the population, the ethos of Buddhism also keeps the country together by providing all other religious faiths an environment of tolerance and coexistence. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Tamils overseas are not investing enough in the North and East of the country.Speaking at an international Buddhist conference in India, Rajapaksa said that many high rise residential buildings have come up in Colombo in the past two decades. “Even after the war, the Tamil people resident overseas have not invested in the North and East to the extent they have in Colombo. I see this as a case of voting with one’s feet. The condominiums in Colombo are not cheap. Property values in Colombo are almost the same as in some Western capitals and nobody would invest large sums of money in Colombo if they thought it was not possible to live among the majority Sinhala Buddhist population,” Rajapaksa noted in his speech. He says the condominium boom in Colombo was in fact started by Tamil people resident overseas, who spent enormous sums of money buying up flats in Colombo even at the height of the war that was waged to carve out an independent Tamil state in the North and East. read more

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UNFPA continues push for zero violence against women in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, with support from the Colombo Municipal Council, the Town Hall building shines bright in orange for 16 days, urging the need to foster a safer environment for women and girls.“Despite any political situation, gender-based violence still happens, and it must be stopped. We will continue to advocate for zero violence against women and girls in Sri Lanka and around the world, to ensure no one is left behind”, says Ms. Ritsu Nacken, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) More than a third of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka said that it will continue to push for zero violence against women in Sri Lanka.Every year, iconic buildings around the world are illuminated in orange during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, a global campaign that starts from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). Throughout the 16 days, Governments, UN agencies, civil society, and activists come together to raise awareness on this issue that knows no social, economic, or national boundaries.  read more

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China says security situation in Sri Lanka not back to normal

The embassy has said that the Sri Lankan Government has launched a large scale crackdown on the extremist forces in the aftermath of the Easter explosions. The travel advisory will be in effect until June 21.Nine suicide bombers attacked churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka on April 21, which killed more than 250 people and injured over 500. The embassy said, however, the security situation in Sri Lanka has not returned to normal.Sri Lanka had enforced a state of emergency since April 22 and has extended the state of emergency for another month since May 22. China says the security situation in Sri Lanka has not returned to normal.The Chinese state media institution, Xinhua, reported that the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has further amended its travel advisory for Sri Lanka to the primary level of “take safety precautions.” The security has been beefed up in public places, such as schools, hospitals and shopping malls. read more

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What You Need to Know about Cat 6A Cable

cabling.jpg Cat 5 specifies four-pair cable consisting of twisted-pair conductors used mainly for digital transmission. Cat 5 cable is typically deployed for full-duplex Ethernet networks running at 10 or 100 Mbps. See All in Enterprise Networking » If you’re looking to the future, Cat 6A will deliver the best performance at the full distance. If, however, you have no cable length requirements over 120 to 150 feet, then Cat 6 will support 10 Gbps.Tags:News & ViewsCat 6AWi-Fi 6Enterprise NetworkingNews & Views Articles You Might Like ‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. Cat 6 has a tighter twist in the cables, which supports two-way communication on each pair of wires. Cat 5e doesn’t support this feature. Cat 5e and Cat 6 support 1-Gbps networks. Cat 5e may have a longer delay, which makes it seem that it’s running more slowly. Especially as they build up their Internet of Things environments, businesses will need three things in the near future: greater LAN speeds, higher power levels for PoE ports, and more connections. Greater speed and higher PoE means new cabling technology — enter Category 6A twisted-pair copper cabling. Knowing the Difference in Cabling StandardsCat 3 cable, also known as voice-grade, or VG (as in 100BaseVG), is an unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable used to connect legacy telephones. It’s one of the copper cabling standards defined and specified jointly by the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and published in TIA/EIA-568-B. Cat 3 can reliably support data rates up to 10 Mbps for Ethernet connections. Businesses can expect Cat 6A cabling to cost at least about 20% more to implement than Cat 6, but when you consider the growth in devices powered by PoE and in the number of wireless users, it’s more difficult than ever to make a case for implementing anything lower than Cat 6A. Not selecting Cat 6A could put businesses at risk of needing to replace Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling in order to support 802.11ax APs. 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. Introduction to 802.1axIEEE 802.11ax, marketed as Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, is one of the two Wi-Fi specifications standards of IEEE 802.11. The other is 802.11ay, which has more problems penetrating surfaces like walls than does the ax version (see related No Jitter post, “Cisco Goes Big with Wi-Fi 6.” Cat 5E cable is designed to support full-duplex Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) operation, as well as Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, Cat 5e has stricter specifications for crosstalk, attenuation, and return loss than Cat 5. Here Comes Cat 6ATo reduce crosstalk, Cat 6A has additional and tighter twists and insulation than previous versions. Cat 6A is backwards-compatible with Cat 6 and Cat 5E; the speeds are limited, and will perform to the lowest-category cable or connector installed in the link. Cat 6A is the cabling expected to support the new Wi-Fi 6 APs. 802.11ax access points (APs) are designed to operate in all-band spectrums between 1 and 7 GHz, when they become available, in addition to the existing 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. Device vendors have demonstrated a top speed of 11 Gbps. Throughput speeds are four times higher than they are for IEEE 802.11ac, even though the nominal data rate is about 37% faster at most with latency down 75%. Connecting the new APs will require higher-speed cabling (10 Gbps) and new LAN switches. 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. Cat 6 cable provides higher performance than Cat 5e and features more stringent specifications for crosstalk and system noise. To transmit complying with Cat 6 specifications, jacks, patch cables, patch panels, cross-connects, and cabling must all meet Cat 6 standards. For example, if connectors in use comply with Cat 5e but not Cat 6 specs, then the Cat 6 cable can’t operate at 1 Gbps. The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? Cat 6A uses 16- to 20-gauge wires. Thicker wire translates onto higher PoE. Cat 6A cable is considerably thicker then Cat 6, which in turn is thicker than Cat 5. Cabling space may limit the number of cables that can be run in a conduit. Cat 6A supports 10 Gbps for the full distance of Ethernet (328 feet). Cat 6A also reduces the crosstalk among the wire pairs, which reduces the cable delay. You’ll have to verify if the Cat 6A cable can support PoE standard 802.3bt with power delivery of 60 and 100 watts. Selecting Cat X CableThe 10-Gbps network on Cat 6 cables is limited to 164 feet, including patch cables. Beyond this distance, the speed is the same as Cat 5e or 1 Gbps. The Cat 6 cable primarily uses 23-gauge wires, and sometimes Cat 6 may have a plastic piece in the middle of the cable that splits the pairs apart, making the cable thicker. The purpose of this design it to limit crosstalk. Log in or register to post comments read more

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Save the date – Paul Jenkins speaks at Brock

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Nov. 4.  Former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, Paul Jenkins, will be visiting the Brock campus to speak. He will attend a reception for graduates and friends of the Faculty of Business to be held that evening. Jenkins is a St. Catharines native and a Brock chapter Beta Gamma Sigma honoree. Time, location and speech topic to follow, but be sure to save the date.

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Americans plan multiple protests for Saturday

Americans upset about the results of Tuesday’s presidential election will continue to voice their displeasure, Saturday, with more protests.Anti-Trump demonstrations are planned in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other cities, after another night of rallies across the U.S. throughout the day, Friday.In Portland, police threw tear gas and flash-bang grenades at protesters, who authorities say threw “burning projectiles” at officers.Previous demonstrations drew thousands of people in New York and other large urban centres. read more

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WatchGM will get back to Oshawa workers by Jan 7 on whether

“The meeting today was frustrating,” said Dias at a press conference in Windsor following the sit-down.“But in the meeting today, General Motors did not unilaterally slam the door either. They announced that they would listen to our proposals and they would get back to us by the 7th of January whether or not they will work with us to find a solution.”Dias said the company has options, such as extending the life of the car lines produced in Oshawa, keeping current truck production there, or shifting other planned production from Mexico to the Oshawa plant, which can produce both cars and trucks.‘A shame, a crime, a betrayal’ — After 100 years, Oshawa faces life without its golden-ticket employer‘More to come’: Why GM closed its Oshawa plant and what it means for Canada’s auto sector’They’re gone. They’re done,’ Premier Doug Ford says Ontario can’t save GM plantGM blindsided the union and the city of Oshawa when it announced in late November that it was winding down operations at the plant and cutting close to 3,000 jobs.Unifor has described the move as a betrayal, amplifying that message by launching a new advertising campaign Thursday on television, radio, online and in newspapers.“Our argument to General Motors today is that they truly have gone too far,” said Dias.Dias has said the closure of the Oshawa plant would set the stage for the company leaving Canada entirely with just one assembly plant left in the country.In a news release, GM Canada said it was looking to counter some of the claims of the union, adding that it was “committed to Canada and we are not going anywhere.” The company said it still has a workforce of more than 5,000 in Canada and has also committed millions of dollars to retrain and help Oshawa workers transition to new jobs.Late last month, the automaker announced that the Oshawa plant was one of five facilities it would close, the four others being in the United States. Production at the Oshawa plant has been dwindling for years and it has been operating well under capacity. WINDSOR, Ont. — Unifor president Jerry Dias says General Motors will consider options put forward by the union to keep the Oshawa assembly plant open and respond by Jan. 7.Dias met with senior GM officials at their headquarters in Detroit Thursday to make the case that the Ontario plant should be kept open.General Motors did not unilaterally slam the doorUnifor president Jerry Dias read more

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Job seekers anxious for work

A collection of job seekers formed a line at the doors, patiently awaiting for the job fair to start at the Aud in Simcoe last week.Murmurs of the difficulties of job hunting came from different people in line.Within a few minutes, the group entered the multi-sector job fair run by Fanshawe College in partnership with Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development on .A total of 68 employers and two service providers were in attendance with plenty of positions that needed to be filled.Shelby Moore, a job hunter, has been looking for work for a few months without much success.“Honestly, at this point it’s not a picky thing, I just need a job,” said Moore.Fellow job seeker Anna Machado is in the same situation.“I’m looking for pretty much anything. I’ve been looking for almost four months now and jobs have been really hard to find,” said Machado.Blue Elephant restaurant, Cedarwood Village, Causyn Cooling and Heating, Grand Erie District School Board, and Community Living Access were just a few of the employers with booths at the fair.“If our social media tells us anything we can hope for a good turnout. We’ve had thousands of people follow and share our posts,” Lisa Savoy, job developer at Fanshawe College, said about the expected number of job seekers.“We’re hoping that every employer has a productive day,” she added.One employer told her they would be happy to leave with one or two resumes because it is more than they would have received if they were not at the fair.Norfolk’s jobless rate, which is estimated every three months, was at 6 per cent in March. It has been sitting around this figure for the last eight or nine years.Chloe McConnell, marketing director at Long Point Eco-Adventures, said they are looking for a night time crew member to look after maintenance.“Our ideal candidate would be outgoing, definitely environmentally friendly, and adventurous,” said McConnell.Tara Wilson, pack line supervisor at The Apple Place, said they currently have 15 positions available.“We’re looking for apple packers, that’s the starting position,” said Wilson.They are looking for employees that are reliable, team players, and detail oriented.Haldimand-Norfolk Reach was at the event looking to fill their 11 student summer placement positions.“It will definitely help the students gain experience in the field,” Tessa Pepper, family respite coordinator, said about the available placements.The job fair was run from 1-6 p.m. on April 30. Employers said their websites list job openings for people that were unable to attend the event.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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In symbolic ceremony South Africa hands over site of antiracism forum to

Following the flag-raising ceremony, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and South Africa’s Foreign Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, planted a tree as a symbol to “remember the victims of racism.” The tree, one of the protected yellow wood species, is the national tree of South Africa and can live for 100 years.Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived today in Durban, where he was briefed by Mrs. Robinson, who will be serving as Secretary-General of the Conference. Mr. Annan is expected to address the Conference’s NGO Forum tomorrow, when he will also begin a series of bilateral meetings with heads of State and government and other senior officials attending the meeting, which runs through 7 September. On Friday morning he will deliver an opening address to the World Conference.Known formally as the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, the event is expected to draw the participation of more than 15 heads of State and government as well as over 12,000 representatives from 194 States and various non-governmental organizations. read more

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Human trafficking fastest growing form of organized crime UN anticrime chief

“I am not referring to the smuggling of migrants but to the modern form of human slavery where the victim loses the freedom to control his or her own life,” Pino Arlacchi, the Executive Director of the Vienna-based UN Drug Control and Crime Prevention Programme (UNDCP), said today in an address to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).”There are reports that drug traffickers are switching to human cargo to obtain greater profit with less risk,” he said. After noting several examples from around the world of thousands of persons – particularly women and children – taken against their will each year and forced into slavery or prostitution, Mr. Arlacchi said both organizations needed to be more proactive in implementing their common policy against trafficking in human beings. “This means helping our Member States introduce or upgrade their legislation,” he said. “It means assistance in the training of prosecutors and police. It means educating the public to the true nature of this form of crime.” Mr. Arlacchi said that as multilateral organizations, the UN and the OSCE could be especially effective in addressing the urgent need for operational cooperation along the whole chain – source countries, transit countries and destination countries. “The OSCE already has initiatives of this nature, and the UN can work closely with those initiatives in trying to move forward on a global level,” he said, calling for countries to ratify the International Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which received a record number of signatures last December in Palermo, Italy. read more

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UN to mark global womens day with focus on Afghans US First

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will join First Lady Laura Bush on 8 March to open a commemorative meeting aimed at “celebrating the indomitable spirit, heroism and endurance of Afghan women” while showing global solidarity with their cause, according to organizers. The event will also focus on the needs of Afghan women and girls and suggest ways in which they can contribute to consolidating peace and rebuilding Afghan society. The opening ceremony will also be addressed by the President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, and the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, Angela King. A panel discussion slated to follow will include the participation of Sima Wali, the President of Refugee Women in Development, who was a delegate to the UN Peace Talks on Afghanistan. Other participants will include the Chief Organizer of the Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy, Ambassador Othman Jerandi of Tunisia, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, and Julia Taft, Director of the UN Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The planned events build on growing international momentum to secure rights for women and girls, which had been severely curtailed during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. For years, UN bodies – including the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on the Status of Women – have scrutinized the situation of Afghan women and girls. Most recently, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued a statement on 30 January voicing support for Afghan women. International Women’s Day, marked each year on 8 March, serves as an occasion for women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, to come together in celebration of their rights. read more

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Last round of talks opens ahead of World Summit for Sustainable Development

Following the official opening on Sunday, government representatives today resumed their efforts to hammer out the draft programme of action to be adopted by the Summit when it convenes at the end of August in Johannesburg, South Africa. The draft text reaffirms the validity of Agenda 21 – a blueprint for sustainable development endorsed by the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, known as the “Earth Summit.” The paper identifies a number of key areas for action, including eradicating poverty, changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, and protecting natural resources.Over the course of the session, participants will work to reach consensus on a programme of action that is “deliverable,” according to Emil Salim of Indonesia, Chairman of the Commission on Sustainable Development, which is acting as the preparatory committee for the Summit. In addition, governments will work on a political declaration to be endorsed by heads of State in Johannesburg.In opening remarks to the session, Nitin Desai, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development and Secretary-General of the World Summit, voiced hope that participants would not adopt the usual UN procedure of “decision by exhaustion,” instead reaching an early conclusion on the draft text. Speaking at a briefing sponsored by the Department of Public Information, Lowell Flanders, a senior official with the Summit secretariat who is following the negotiations on the outcome text, reported that good progress was being made and echoed Mr. Desai’s hope that negotiations could be completed by week’s end.So far, over 2,900 people from 144 countries are attending the preparatory meeting, including 1,156 government delegates, 747 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and 134 journalists. read more

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UN experts conduct planned activities at suspected Iraqi weapons sites

On Saturday, members of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) inspected the Balad Chemical Defence Battalion located some 90 kilometres north of Baghdad, according to Hiro Ueki, a spokesman for UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).That facility “conducts training activities in the area of chemical, biological and radiological defence for military personnel and was considered by Iraq as one of the ‘sensitive sites,’” Mr. Ueki told the press in Baghdad.“The inspection team arrived unannounced at the site and had immediate access,” he added, noting that experts were able to conduct all planned activities there. Meanwhile, an eight-person IAEA team completed two inspections at the Um Al Maarik Company, a facility which Mr. Ueki said was “known for its dual use capabilities,” and at the Al Meelad Company, where the former Al Furat centrifuge facility had been located.“The IAEA inspection team was able to conduct the inspection activities as it had planned and did not face any difficulty with access to the sites and locations inside,” the spokesman reported. read more

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Attack on deminers in Afghanistan leaves 1 dead UN reports

Unknown assailants on Saturday shot at a vehicle belonging to the Afghan Development Association (ADA), a non-governmental organization, said David Singh, a spokesman for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The incident took place in Wardak Province on the main Kabul to Kandahar road, which has since been closed pending a security assessment.”The driver, an Afghan national was killed instantly and one of the two passengers – both national staff – was seriously injured,” Mr. Singh said. “The uninjured passenger traveled by foot to a nearby village for help.”According to the spokesman, UN Mine Dog Clearance vehicles later drove with the ADA passengers back to Kabul. “The motive for the attack is yet unknown,” said Mr. Singh, adding that local authorities are investigating. ADA has been working in Afghanistan for over a decade in demining and other sectors, including agriculture, education and community development. read more

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Security Council removes two names from Sierra Leones travel ban list

The two are Colonel Sam Bockarie, also known and Commander Moskita or Maskita of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and Corporal Foday Sayabana Sankoh, the former deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) and onetime deputy head of State.The Sierra Leonean authorities had confirmed that both men are now dead, UN officials said.The Council resolution said “all States shall prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of leading members of the former military junta and of the Revolutionary United Front.” read more

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Annan and UN envoy hail success of weekend elections for Kosovo Assembly

“The Secretary-General calls on all of Kosovo’s political leaders to respect the result of the election,” his spokesman said in a statement issued today in New York after the poll for the 120-member Assembly.”The turnout and good management of the electoral process, for the first time by Kosovans themselves, demonstrate their understanding of the importance of making their voices heard and taking a direct hand in shaping Kosovo’s future.”Mr. Annan said he expected a new government would be formed quickly and would cooperate closely with the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which has been in charge of the province since June 1999.The statement stressed the importance of the incoming government working “for the benefit of all,” including Kosovo’s ethnic minorities.While noting the low turnout among Kosovo Serbs, Mr. Annan praised “those who voted and those who stood as candidates for their courage in the face of severe contrary pressure.”The Secretary-General’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen, who spent Saturday touring polling stations across the province, described the election as peaceful, well-organized and a success.Acknowledging that many Kosovo Serbs who would have liked to vote did not because they were afraid, he pointed out that there were those who did vote, including some in areas where not a single party had campaigned, and this meant that there would be Kosovo Serb representatives in the Assembly.”This is the important thing: there will be representatives who will be part of the dialogue, and we will now reach out not only to all voters in all communities who did vote, but also to those who wanted to vote but were afraid, because they also share a common interest in the future of Kosovo.” read more

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