UN envoy convenes talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name issue

Since 1999, Matthew Nimetz has been holding talks with the two sides and proposed compromise names in his capacity as the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks.UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that the purpose of the meeting was to give the parties an opportunity to present – to Mr. Nimetz and to each other – the respective positions of their governments regarding the differences between them.The meeting also sought to ascertain whether there are areas that should be explored further and “to determine the next steps in the process with the overall goal of reaching a speedy resolution to the name issue,” he added. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece on the name issue. It also obliges the two countries to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. 9 February 2011The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the dispute over the latter’s name today wrapped up two days of discussions in New York with representatives from both sides. read more

President makes push to impliment death penalty on drug traffickers

He said that an investigation will be launched in this regard in the near future. President Maithripala Sirisena says necessary steps should be taken immediately to implement the death penalty against persons who continue to engage in drug trafficking even after they had been convicted and sentenced to death.President Sirisena said that a failure by the relevant institutions to submit the required documents related to the convicts on death row still engaged in drug trafficking has resulted in a delay to implement the death penalty. Attorney General Jayantha Jayasooriya, Secretary for the President Udaya R. Senevirathne, Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Hemasiri Fernando, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, Commissioner General of Excise Department and secretaries of ministries were present at the meeting. He made these remarks during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (10) on making the necessary changes to the laws to control of drug trafficking and minimize criminal activities. read more