26 March 2008The committee that monitors last year’s political agreement in Côte d’Ivoire has accepted conditions for certifying the validity of upcoming elections which had been proposed by the United Nations’ top envoy to the divided West African country. The so-called five-criteria framework, proposed by Y. J. Choi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for the country, was approved yesterday by the follow-up committee in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, and the site where the agreement was signed.The conditions for certification include: restoration of peace across the country, an inclusive political process, equal access to the state media, the establishment of objective electoral lists, and fair and unbiased poll results. The criteria were developed by the UN in consultation with the Facilitator of the inter-Ivorian dialogue, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, and the Ivorian parties, who have also welcomed them.The Ouagadougou Political Agreement, reached in March 2007 was designed to end the political stalemate in Côte d’Ivoire, which has been split between the Government-controlled south and the Forces Nouvelles-held north since 2002.It calls for the formation of a new transitional government, the holding of free and fair elections, and merging the national defence and security forces with the rebel Forces Nouvelles into an integrated body.
Rajapaksa said that in a post war situation the police should also ensure that the public feel they are in a peaceful situation. He said that while protests and demonstrations can be staged in a democratic country, those protests should be staged in a responsible manner.The Defence Secretary said that the public have a responsibility to protect the name of the country and not allow it to go back to its war days. (Colombo Gazette) Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the police must maintain a good relationship with the civil population while maintaining law and order.The Defence Ministry quoted him as saying that the police, including the Special Task Force (STF), have been given extensive training to deal with law and order issues. He said that even the STF has been stationed in all districts to assist the police if they are unable to control a law and order situation.
Coroner: Worker killed in Indiana grain elevator explosion identified, blast cause unknown UNION MILLS, Ind. – Authorities have identified the worker killed in an explosion at a northwestern Indiana grain elevator.LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said 67-year-old James Swank of Union Mills died in the explosion Monday afternoon at the Union Mills Co-op. The co-op is about 50 miles southeast of Chicago.Sullivan says neighbours reported that a large explosion shook their homes. It was followed by a large amount of white smoke.Shawn Lambert, safety manager for Avon, Ind.-based co-op owner Co-Alliance, says the explosion occurred inside a grain elevator with several connected silos.LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department Maj. John Boyd says Swank might have been loading grain into train cars at the time of the blast.The cause of the blast remains undetermined. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2013 5:00 pm MDT