Rajitha says no talk of a cabinet reshuffle


Cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne says there was no talk of a cabinet reshuffle at the cabinet meeting today.Speaking to reporters at the BMICH today, Senaratne said that the media had reported that a cabinet reshuffle was going to be discussed at the cabinet meeting today. However the Minister said that President Maithripala Sirisena did not discuss anything about a cabinet reshuffle today.

Afghanistan Brahimi heads to Kabul for meetings with political leaders


In Kabul, Mr. Brahimi is expected to hold talks with Burhanuddin Rabbani, Mohammad Yunus Qanooni and Abdullah Abdullah, according to spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva. “He also hopes to meet with Hamid Karzai, designated head of the interim administration,” the spokesman told reporters in New York.The UN envoy arrived in Islamabad today following a meeting on Sunday in Rome with the former Afghan King, Mohammed Zaher Shah, and the Italian Foreign Minister, Renato Ruggiero.”During his meeting with the former King, Mr. Brahimi discussed the transfer of power – which according to the Bonn agreement is due to take place on 22 December 2001 – the convening of an emergency Loya Jirga and his visit to Kabul,” said Mr. de Almeida e Silva. While in Rome, Mr. Brahimi told the press that the King was “satisfied” with the Bonn agreement. “I think he and us, and I believe the rest of the world, are looking forward to how this is going to be translated on the ground,” he said. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General, in a report on the situation in Afghanistan released today, said the events of 11 September had made it easier to realize international objectives for Afghanistan. “The international community’s renewed focus on Afghanistan after years of neglect, and the realization that a military campaign to root out terrorism from Afghanistan required a simultaneous political process leading to the formation of a legitimate Afghan government, offer renewed hope to the Afghan people that they may at last get the kind of government to which they have long aspired.” “The challenge that faces us now is to speed up the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Afghans, to help chart a path that will lead to a stable and unified Afghanistan and rebuild a country shattered by over two decades of war,” the report states. read more

As Guinea awaits election results Ban urges all political leaders to maintain


“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the first round of the presidential election in Guinea on 11 October,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.Urging calm while stakeholders await the final results, the UN chief in his statement also reiterated his call on “national stakeholders to resolve any disputes that might arise peacefully, through established legal procedures.”