The government says it is prepared to respond to a United States resolution expected to be submitted at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions scheduled to begin in Geneva in February.Foreign Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said that the government has done a lot to address post war issues in the country and has also briefed the international community on its progress. “The U.S. is entitled to its views but Sri Lanka is ready to respond to the resolution. We have made substantial progress on the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report and we have briefed the diplomatic community and media about this,” Amunugama said. (Colombo Gazette)Report By Jamila Najmuddin Three visiting U.S. officials consisting of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman told reporters in Colombo that a resolution was aimed at pushing Sri Lanka to address human rights concerns relating to the final stages of the 30 year conflict against Tamil Tiger rebels. The United States yesterday warned that a procedural resolution on Sri Lanka will be submitted before the Council in Geneva.
Conflow, a leading manufacturer of dust and fire suppression systems for the mining industry, has won a major new contract with Colombian producer of coking coal CI Milpa. This is the first contract that Conflow has secured in the country, following brokering a relationship with CI Milpa through its sister company Bretby Gammatech. A team from Conflow, part of the President Engineering Group, visited the CI Milpa mine in Bogota and fitted two dust suppression systems. They also fitted a fire suppression system on a roadway for Milpa in the other location in Bogota.Mark Henley, Managing Director of Conflow, said: “This is the start of a very positive relationship with CI Milpa and we are looking forward to further developing our business in Colombia. Because of the large amount of mining in Colombia, we see it as a major growth area for our business.”David Fernando Jaimes Mojica from C.I. Milpa, said: “We are focused on continually improving the efficiency and safety of our production sites and the Conflow systems are an important part of this. We chose to work with Conflow, because of the company’s expertise in the manufacture and installation of dust and fire suppression systems and are very pleased with the result.”C.I.Milpa has been a customer of Conflow’s sister company Bretby Gammatech for several years, as the company has supplied a number of Ash Probes to enable it to monitor the ash content of coal using Natural Gamma radiation.Conflow and Bretby Gammatech, as well as Bestobell Valves, are part of the Sheffield-based President Engineering Group, a manufacturer of solutions to the mining and energy markets.