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More funds needed to eradicate landmines in SL: Prince Harry

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Prince Harry, who is currently on a visit to the US has said Sri Lanka is among the countries where landmines can be eradicated in the next five years, if funding is sustained, UK based Express News Agency said.

Harry gave a speech in support of the Halo Trust at a British embassy reception in Washington attended by US policy-makers, supporters of the anti-landmine charity and potential donors.

The royal, who is patron of the trust's 25th anniversary appeal, told the guests: "My mother, who believed passionately in this cause, would be proud of my association with Halo. In her special way, she adopted it as her own. She would join me - along with all of you, I'm sure - in praising Halo for the amazing work that it has done over the past quarter century, and in hoping that one day soon its humanitarian work will be done."

He added: "At any one time, HALO has seven thousand de-miners in the field, striving to protect people, and banish the fear that pervades the lives of millions around the world. In Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Kosovo, in Somalia, Georgia and Armenia, the threat of landmines could be eradicated in the next five years, if funding can be sustained. If it were stepped up, in the next 10 years, countries like Cambodia, Angola, Colombia, Afghanistan, Burma and even Zimbabwe might have their landmine crises eliminated for good."

Harry's comments came at the end of the first day of his tour of the US where he received an ecstatic reception from ordinary Americans and first lady Michelle Obama.
He was greeted by screaming female admirers when he opened a photographic exhibition, on Washington's Capitol Hill yesterday, promoting the work of the anti-landmine charity the Halo Trust.
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  • Nodrog Friday, 10 May 2013 11:47 AM

    With your experience??? Possibly!

    RamUK Friday, 10 May 2013 12:05 PM

    I don't mind doing that job but not in a pariah state LOL

    Nims Friday, 10 May 2013 11:30 PM

    Go to Tamil Nadu - the only Pariah State in the World.

    RamUK Friday, 10 May 2013 07:29 AM

    good call...that is the only employment opportunity available

    Muthu Friday, 10 May 2013 11:36 PM

    Hey Prince add another 10% to that.

    thas Saturday, 11 May 2013 05:32 AM

    not like ours VIP children, he has served in the war

    MayIwin Silva Friday, 10 May 2013 12:30 PM

    The largest landmine planted by Britishers in Sri Lanka was already liberated by our brave forces. It is time for Harry to eradicate the landmines planted in Jammu & Kashmir.

    Suq Madique Friday, 10 May 2013 10:33 AM

    Hurry and send in your application.

    Dasun Saturday, 11 May 2013 01:24 AM

    Ramuk - wherever you are thats going to be a pariah state

    dickie bird Friday, 10 May 2013 10:54 AM

    Ram cut off the sarcasm.

    harry has been briefed of the landmines laid by ltte and got displaced owing to floods in a senseless war which was waged.

    kay parker Saturday, 11 May 2013 02:47 AM

    Did you know , our VIP children have no time for these as they have better pass times, Car racing , Rugby , Airports , Hotels Etc

    Judy G Saturday, 11 May 2013 02:49 AM

    If the paddy land can be cleared of mines SL can grow enough rice for export and the people can return to their land without fear. Well said Harry.

    shane Saturday, 11 May 2013 03:13 AM

    when you talk to a person learn 2 respect. he is a prince. prince harry. he is not your cousin. even the most powerful people call him prince.

    Bimal vithanage Saturday, 11 May 2013 12:00 AM

    Harry is such a nice guy!!!

    weha Saturday, 11 May 2013 03:55 AM

    Yeah may be cleaning toilets in UK is more mainstream for you guys LOL


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